As the fall starts getting colder and the days start getting shorter, it means that the winter is almost at your door. Winter brings a lot of house-related problems along with it, and roofing problems are among them. During the winter, homeowners may face various roof issues, including ice dams formation, condensation, and damage to the property. These problems are tough to cure in winter because of the weather conditions, but can be evaded if you take proper care of your roof in fall.
Fall is the best time to prepare your house for winter, but that doesn't mean these issues would stop haunting you. So, even if you did all the roof repair and maintenance work before winter, but still facing issues, don't despair. You have to get these problems fixed immediately.
In this post, we will discuss some really easy roof repair and maintenance tips that would help you to get through winter months without much trouble.
Fall roof maintenance
During fall, inspect your roof for any damage or deterioration, and if you find any, get them fixed immediately. In winter, you need to be even more vigilant and proactive. Check regularly for any signs of icicles build-up and ice dams - especially after a snowstorm or windstorm, etc. Make sure that your fascia and downspout are not clogged with debris, ice, snow, dead leaves, etc. Use a roof rake to eliminate excess snow buildups.
Flashing and chimney repair
If you see any leakage or droppings in your house, on the roof around the chimney area, that means the flashing of the chimney is leaking. This could damage the chimney as well as the roof. So, get your chimney and flashing properly inspected in the fall only, and if something is wrong, get it repaired. Your roof repair company should have the chimney service too, if not, hire a chimney repair company. If you plan to DIY the flashing repair task, pay proper attention to the temperature, so that the adhesive used in the repair do not freeze in cold weather.
The shingles that use some metal fasteners or are nailed down can be repaired or replaced at any point of the year. However, you need to pay extra attention so that the roofing material do not crack or break. If you know how about the properties of your roofing material and know how to repair it, go ahead, get the job done. But, if you have no idea about it, do not get on the roof and damage the roof even further. Call your roof repair contractor and let them repair it for you. Remember, you need an experienced roof repair contractor to work on your roof because an amateur contractor would be no better than you and could damage the roof just like you.
Gutters are crucial, but most underestimated part of the roof, which plays a huge role in saving your roof from winter by keeping it dry and clear. Keep a regular check-up and cleaning schedule for gutters and if they damaged, get them replaced immediately. Gutters also save your fascia board and house walls from water damage and keep the walkways dry and clean. If your gutters are blocked, they won't remove roof water properly. Which means, there would be overflowing water all around your house, which could cause a lot of problems, including damage to the foundation of your house. As long as your gutters are clean and dry, they can be repaired or replaced (if damaged), even during winter, just as they can be repaired in summer. So, keep your gutters clear of any debris to maintain a good drainage system in your house, and save your roof.
If you are suddenly noticing any leaks in your house, it may be because of your attic. Your house produces a significant amount of heat every day in winter, which escapes through the roof of your house. With time, this process weakens the insulation of your attic, and when the snow starts to melt on your roof, it leads to leakage from the roof. It's your responsibility to check the insulation in your attic on the regular basis, and when you find a leak, know that it's time to re-do the insulation. If you put in enough time, money and investment to re-do your attic insulation into something sustainable, you would face much less of these leakage and other roofing problems.
Yes, trees are a vital part of our environment and look so beautiful when they are surrounding your house. However, if by chance, a huge tree is hanging above your house, it could be hazardous for your roof. You have to take action to make sure that no such risk is hovering over your house roof. Call tree service and take their help in solving the issue. If they think that the tree could be trimmed from over your house and would not cause any serious issue in future, get it trimmed. If it's really necessary to remove the tree to safeguard your family and house, then only get it removed. Having trees around your house is a good thing as they keep the air fresh. But at the same time, you need to be more careful to keep your roof clear of all the debris like branches and dead leaves, etc.
If your roof is made of metal or wood and shingles, you can get it replaced at any point of the year, regardless of the season. If you have a flat roof, made of rubber, you have to wait till spring to get a replacement. This is particularly because of the adhesives used with flat roof material are mostly temperature dependent and could freeze and not work properly in winter. Call your roof repair service and take their advice on the matter.
So, these were some easy tips on roof repair and maintenance in winter, to help you get through the season without many hitches. If you are facing more serious roofing problems, contact your roof repair service immediately.