Fall is arriving quickly, which means winter will be here before you know it. You prepare for Dayton's harsh winters by cutting enough firewood to get you through the cold months, stock up on hot chocolate and pull out the winter quilts. You've thought of everything, right?
What about your roof? Regardless of the type of roofing system that is on your home, it is important to make sure it's ready for the upcoming harsh weather conditions. With proper maintenance and preparedness, you can help prevent the risk of leaks and other possible disasters, such as the collapse of your roof under wet, heavy snow.
Inspect the Attic
Not only is it important to inspect the roof itself, but it's equally important to inspect certain areas of your home's interior, especially the attic. It's often difficult to notice possible leaks from the top of the roof, but if you notice damages inside the attic, you can call a reliable roofing contractor for repairs and maintenance before winter arrives. Carefully check the attic for streaks of water, wet insulation and mold and mildew. Check all windows in the attic, and throughout the rest of the house, to ensure they are properly sealed. Heavy snow and ice can cause significant damage to the roofing system, trusses and rafters. One way to prevent a buildup of ice and snow is to install a good attic ventilation system, which allows the air in the attic to circulate and reduce a buildup of snow and ice on the roof.
Clean the Gutters
One of the most important types of winter maintenance you can do to protect your roof is cleaning the gutters. Clogged gutters from leaves, dirt, granules and other types of debris can lead to ice dams, leaks and rotten wood. When the gutters get too clogged, the debris gunking them up prevents the water from flowing, which means melting snow and ice cannot make it the downspouts. As the temperatures drop and the water refreezes, it causes ice dams that can cause significant damage to the roof. If you notice granules from the shingles in the gutters, it may be a sign of old, worn shingles, so you should contact a roofing contractor for a roof repair as soon as possible.
One of the most common causes of roofing leaks is a problem with the flashing. The flashing is the pieces of aluminum that are typically used to protect the edges of the roof, the edges around vents, piping and the chimney. Age, heavy rain and high winds can cause the flashing to rip, tear and become loose. If the flashing is not repaired before the winter weather arrives, it can lead to extensive damages, both inside and outside of your home.
The best times to prepare your roof for the winter is during the spring or early fall. This will allow you to thoroughly inspect all areas of your home's interior and exterior and make all necessary repairs before the snow falls. It is recommended that you contact a local roofing company to schedule an appointment for a roof inspection. A roofing contractor will not only be able to identify potential problems with the roofing system itself, but also make recommendations on other problems that may affect the roof, such as overgrown tree limbs, poor gutter systems and damaged chimneys.
Contact Wayne Overhead Door Sales and Home Improvement to schedule a roofing inspection or to learn more information about preparing your roof for the upcoming winter months.