End of Winter Roof Maintenace Tips
Winter roofing issues are common to the upper Midwest, the Northeast, not so much here in Southern Louisiana. Though that may be the case when winter does hit its peak -- we're all susceptible to the problems that arise thereafter. Therefore, it's our duty as property owners to keep an eye on our roofs from the moment winter peaks, until spring finally breaks. Identifying roofing problems in their earliest stages allows for faster repairs and mitigates the risk of further damage.
Bright blue skies and blooming beautiful flowers are ahead of us, but the harsh fluctuations weather may have left its mark on your roof. Even if you didn’t notice any issues over the last few months, it’s important to check closely for signs of wear.
Why should I check my roof now?
If you catch problems early, you can often fix them and avoid costly repairs later when small cracks turn into big leaks. If you were to have any damage, check your homeowner’s policy, if the damage is covered, you’ll need to make your claim as soon as possible.
What Signs Should I Look Out For?
Buckled, curled, cracked, or blistered shingles.
Small dings or rust in metal roofing or flashing.
Cracked rubber boots around vent pipes.
Small blank spots on the surface of asphalt material.
Asphalt granules in the gutters.
Flashing pulled away from the chimney or skylights.
Torn, misshapen, or leaking gutters.
How can I check for damage?
We don’t recommend climbing on top of your house or climbing on ladders. We advise you to seek a professional to assist you in a roof inspection. If you find pieces of shingle on the ground – this is a sure sign you’ll need repairs.
Sometimes, you can’t see small cracks in the roof, but you can detect the resulting water damage by checking inside your house and around the exterior siding. Here are some tips to help you during the end of this winter season:
1. Keep Your Roof Clean and Free of Debris
Regularly clearing your roof of leaves, twigs, and other debris is vital, but the winter is a crucial time to do so. By trapping moisture against your roof, these materials risk decay and other harm. To clear leaves and other debris off the edge of your roof, use a roof rake. If you're not comfortable cleaning your roof yourself, you can also hire a professional to do it.
2. Check for Any Damage and Repair
Check your roof for any missing, damaged, or curled shingles and have them fixed as soon as you can. Your home may experience water damage from damaged shingles, necessitating expensive repairs. Additionally, it's a good idea to look for any additional damage, such as cracks or holes, and get them fixed as well.
3. Trim Branches That Hang Over Your Roof
When they brush up against your roof during strong winds or a lot of snowfall, overhanging branches can cause damage. Removing these branches might help safeguard your roof from harm.
4. Insulate Your Attic
Insulate your attic properly to keep your home warm, avoid the formation of ice dams, and save money on heating. Consider installing more insulation to your attic if it isn't already there to keep your roof from deteriorating.
5. Check Your Flashing
Flashing is the metal pieces around your chimney, vents, and skylights that help seal your roof and prevent leaks. Make sure it is in good condition and properly sealed. If you notice any gaps or holes in your flashing, have them repaired to prevent leaks.
6. Keep Gutters Clean
Throughout the year, it's critical to maintain your gutters clear of debris, but the winter is a crucial time to do so. Water can back up into your gutters and onto your roof, causing leaks and other damage. Regular gutter cleaning is important, especially after a storm.
7. Inspect Your Roof from The Inside
While checking your roof from the outside is crucial, it is also a good idea to examine it from the inside. Check your attic and ceiling for any indications of leaks or damage. It's a good idea to have a professional evaluate your roof if you spot any water stains or other anomalies.
8. Check Your Roof Ventilation
Your roof's health depends on proper ventilation since it helps stop moisture from accumulating and causing damage. Verify that the ventilation on your roof is adequate and that all of the systems are in order and working properly.
In conclusion, non- professionals with inadequate knowledge about how to safely inspect a roof could be prone to slips and falls. Please call al professional roofing contractor to best identify any issues with the current condition of your roof while ensuring quality and safety. Be prepared to address the issues winter can bring and use a professional water damage restoration service for your roof.