With Christmas just a few short weeks away, now is the time to start hanging up holiday lights all around your home. Why not knock out two birds with one stone and also look for some telltale signs of a potential roof problem while you are up there? Even the best maintained rooftops need some maintenance and help now and then.
Here are a few things to look for while hanging your Christmas lights:
- Missing shingles: The shingles on your residential roof should be uniform and in a predictable pattern. While hanging your Christmas lights, look for a break in the pattern that catches your eye, which could prove to be a missing shingle. Just one missing shingle could be a problem, especially if it indicates where your roof has been damaged, perhaps in a windstorm.
- Cracked tiles: Heavy blows from something tossed by the wind can easily crack the tiles of your rooftop. In the deserts of Arizona, strong windstorms are not uncommon during certain seasons. A bad crack could cause a leak whenever it rains, further damaging your home. Keep an eye open for cracks while working on holiday decorations.
- Exposed foam: Many flat-topped homes are using sprayed polyurethane foam (SPF) as roofing material. It provides an energy efficient option for insulation and ample protection from the weather and powerful sunlight. However, no roofing material is perfect. The foam of your roof should not be openly exposed but instead covered by strong top coats. If you see some foam sticking out of your roof while working on Christmas lights, it is a problem.
- Damaged ventilation: Rooftops of any kind will often have some sort of ventilation system. It could be simple rectangular grates at the end of vents, or possible spinning metal turbines. Damage should be easy to see on ventilation, as it often comes in the form of dents and bent grating.
- Indents: Your rooftop should not have any unexplained dips and indentations. If you see one while working on holiday lights, make a note of it but try to steer clear of it. The dent could be where the roof has weakened, which could possible break under foot. Always exercise caution when hanging up Christmas lights.
Tucson & Phoenix Roofers – Lyons Roofing
How can you ensure that any and all problems with your rooftop will be spotted and corrected in a timely manner? Call (520) 447-2522 to reach Lyons Roofing! Our Tucson roofers have 20+ years of industry experience and have been given the Angie’s List “Super Service Award” for 10 consecutive years. You can trust us to look for maintenance issues with your roof, saving you the trouble of having to do it all yourself.
Contact one of our offices at your first opportunity to learn more about our roofing services.