Many homeowners don’t understand how important their homes roof is to the structure of their home. Not many of us take time to climb a ladder to inspect the roof. That is our nature. We have an out of sight, out of mind mentality. If the problem is not obvious and we don’t see it from where we stand on the ground we don’t further inspect. However, this is the wrong approach to have when it comes to your homes roof maintenance. If homeowners took the time to evaluate their roofs or to hire a roofing contractor to come out and inspect the roof they would save thousands of dollars. Roof maintenance verses a new roof equals a ton of cost savings and money in their pockets. Here are some tips to prepare your homes roof for the long, cold winter that is right around the corner.
As with anything it is always recommended that you call in the professionals before you attempt any home repairs or maintenance on you own. This is important when it comes to your roofs maintenance. A roofing contractor is a professional and will know what to look for in regards to damage to your roof. What looks like something major to us might be something very minor and easily fixed with help from a roofing contractor. Also there is the safety factor to consider as well.
To begin maintaining your roof it is important to start at the outer most part and work upwards. Roof maintenance starts with gutter maintenance. Gutters should be cleaned twice a year at the end of fall and the end of spring. This allows the water to remain free to flow through the gutters and into the downspouts without clogging. If gutters are left filled with debris the water run-off has nowhere to go and can freeze causing damage to the gutter as well as to the shingles, overtime causing damage to the structure of your home as well.
As mentioned earlier most damage that occurs on your roof will go unseen from ground level. You may never notice that you are having issues with your shingles or roof structure without climbing on a ladder to check it out up close. Some common issues with shingle roofs are curling, buckling or blistering. If any of these are seen it is time to begin considering a new roof. These are all signs that your shingle roofing’s life expectancy is coming to an end.
There are other repairs to consider when you are examining your roof and shingles. Take for instance the materials around your chimney. If they are coming loose or show extensive wear it is time to replace them. All the materials around your chimney, pipes and other vents into the home through the roof must be kept in place and free of wear. Additional roofing tar or caulk can be applied, when needed. This will help with water leaks and prevent water from freezing underneath the area and causing extensive damage to the roofs structure.
Check the shingles to ensure that they are not losing an excessive amount of granules. The granules on the shingles protect the roof’s structure from ultraviolet rays as well as adding weight to the shingles. If you notice an abundance of granule loss consider looking into replacing your roof soon.
A new roof can be installed on your home during any season. Obviously the winter element of snow slows roofers down a bit but it can be done. The best time to look into having your roof replaces is during the spring and fall seasons when the weather is favorable. There is less delay in scheduling during these nonpeak times as well.
Roofing inspections done twice a year can save homeowners a ton of money in the long run. Preventative roofing maintenance can prevent homeowners from having to make costly repairs down the road. Not only are exterior roof inspections important to maintain your roof it is important to safeguard against all leaks throughout the winter season.
When your roof leaks damage to the interior and exterior of your home can be quite extensive. Water that puddles up underneath your homes shingles can cause the underlayment to fail or warp. Also, water and moisture that leaks into the home can cause issues with mold and alga growth in the attic and behind drywall. When a leak occurs and damage is done to the interior of the home it is possible that everything down to the floor could need to be replaced.
In order to prevent this from occurring it is crucial that you maintain your roof. Keep the following tips in mind when preparing your home for the winter.
Inspect your homes interior and exterior roof area. It is important to do this twice a year during the fall and spring seasons. Inspecting the roof on a rainy day can be helpful especially when you are doing it yourself. This will enable you to see leaks as they are occurring. If it is possible hire a roofing contractor to conduct the roof inspection. They will know exactly what they are looking for. If you choose to take this task on yourself here are some tell-tale signs that you are experiencing a leak in your roof.
Check the joints, seams and vents for mold or mildew. It is also important to look at the wooden beams within the attic to see if any warped wood is present. The last thing to look for in the attic is any presence of stained insulation. If moisture has been prevalent in your attic it may not appear to the naked eye, you will need to know what you are looking for. An obvious sign is water dripping in from the insulation, wood or vent areas after a rain has occurred.
If you find a potential leak, it is time to call in the roofing professionals. They will advise on a plan of action to prevent any further leaks and to clean up the damage that has occurred from the original leak. It is so important to find and stop leaks from occurring. Leaks left untouched can cause bigger issues throughout the winter.
Ice dams are another issue that can occur during the winter season that are easy to prevent. In order to keep ice dams from occurring it is important that your roof has adequate ventilation. This allows the attic temperature to remain the same temperature as the exterior temperature. Maintaining a constant temperature keeps the gables, soffits & roof ridges the same temperature as both the attic and outside temperature.
Proper care of your roof with help to increase its longevity. With the cost of a new roof being well over a few thousand dollars it is crucial to expand the life expectancy of your roof with proper seasonal care.