Winter Roof Preparation

The winter season is fast approaching and it is wise to get your roof ready for the extreme weather.  If you have any signs of roofing problems, you can get them fixed before the ice and snow cause them to become serious.  Some problems from existing roofing issues can include ice dams which can cause water to leak under the shingles, icicles that may damage shingles and gutters, ceiling sagging or roof collapse from heavy snow and ice, and condensation troubles in the attic that will lead to mold growth and rot.

There are some steps to take to lessen the chances of having to deal with an emergency.  The first simple thing you can do is to make sure that your home’s gutters are properly cleaned out.  If your gutters are clogged up with debris such as leaves and twigs they will not effectively keep away rainwater and melted snow which can lead to ice dams forming, damaged roof, and/or a damaged foundation.  This can cause leaking and serious water damage.  You can get a gutter guard which will prevent much of the debris buildup but it is still necessary to clean them.  While cleaning you should also check to make sure that they are tightly fitted and look for any clogs in the downspouts and drains.

If you have trees that overhang your roof, trim them back.  These branches will greatly contribute to constant debris in the gutters.  Also, if there is a bad storm with strong winds or heavy snow and ice, the branches could break under strain and cause damage to your roof or other structures of the house.

It is also important to inspect the shingles.  Shingles wear out over time.  Visible problems with your shingles can include curling, buckling, blistering or debris stuck underneath.  You also want to be sure that there are no shingles missing.  If you notice any of these signs, have these repaired immediately as they will eventually cause leaking.  Winter weather will make the issues worse and you could end up needing to spend thousands to repair the damage.

The roof flashing is a major part of your roofing and should be examined for any kind of damage.  The flashing is usually made from a rust resistant metal such as galvanized steel.  It is used in areas of the roof that are especially prone to leaks.  Flashing will be used around joints, vents, skylights, chimneys and anywhere that runoff will be heavy.  If there is any sign of corroding, tearing or loosening, it should be repaired quickly to prevent water damage.  Cold temperatures and strong winds can sometimes cause this to occur.

Additionally, the attic should be looked at.  Many homeowners may not realize that the attic is a significant aspect of a roof inspection.  Attics need to be well insulated and have proper ventilation.  If your attic does not adequately have this, the heat from your home will make its way up and out and vice versa.  This can cause ice dams to occur which can create extensive roof damage.  Further, the improper insulation and ventilation can create condensation inside the attic which will result in a mold problem.

If you feel comfortable cleaning out gutters and trimming away tree branches, those are fairly uncomplicated tasks that you should be able to go ahead and do yourself.  For other parts of roof inspection it is recommended for a professional to carry out.  They can easily see things that you may not and this can result in saving a ton of money if caught early and repaired before further damage is done. Not having the required roof repairs attended to in a timely manner can end up in thousands of dollars worth of water and mold damage that will require a restoration company to handle.

If your home suffers from roof damage that has caused leaks and water damage, Restoration Mate will be there every step of the way.  Restoration Mate can help from start to finish with cleanup, mitigation and restoration!

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