Do you have roof leaks? This past year, 2013, was the driest year in Los Angeles (downtown) since 1877. No doubt it was awfully dry at your house too. Only 3.6 in inches of rain fell at the National Weather Service station which is at USC. This was about half an inch less than was recorded in 1953 and 1947.
If we are talking to you about roofing, why are we bringing up the lack of rain? Because, the way that homeowners in Southern California tend to handle their roof leaks, is jumping right onto this problem when it rains.
But, if it just rained, you can’t get a roofer to come right out – because every other homeowner who has leaks is also calling! Chances are that you know if you might have some leaks. And there are ways to check before the rains come.
First, you need to inspect your roof both inside and out. Begin by walking around to inspect the eaves of your roof (the part of a roof that meets or overhangs the walls of a building.) Look for any peeling paint or dry rot. If you’re not sure that it is dry rot, use a screwdriver to poke at it. You will know it’s dry rot if it goes in easily. Then most likely a roof leak.
Next, you need to check out your roof. You need to inspect the roofing material, such as tile, slate, wood shakes, shingles, or even flat roofing such as torchdown or hot tar. Check to see if it has come loose, is blistering, curling or starting to flare up. This is particularly important if you’ve had a good windstorm. You can even use binoculars if you are not up for climbing up on the roof.
When you find a potential problem, call J and J Roofing before the rains come for a free roof repair estimate. And read our next blog to see where to look inside your home for the signs of a roof leak.