Before the rains, ice, and snows of winter arrive, it is important to make sure that your roof is ready. Now is the time to have your roof repaired so that you can avoid major damage from leaks and heavy snow or ice loads. Keep these four areas in mind when getting your home ready for the upcoming wintry weather.
Flashing is strips of metal that help to prevent leaks in risky areas. If the flashing is loose or missing, water can intrude through the roof and cause a leak. The flashing is located around protrusions such as a chimney, vent or flue. Flashing can also be found in the roof valleys and at the intersection of the roof and vertical walls of the home. Check for signs of rust and corrosion on the flashing. Loose fasteners must also be tightened or replaced.
If the nails have popped up on your roofing materials, these need to be reattached or replaced. Loose fasteners make it easy for a strong wind gust to blow shingles off the roof. Loose fasteners also make it easy for ice and snow to be pushed up and underneath of asphalt shingles, wooden shakes and other exterior roofing materials.
Shingles that have curled or cracked need to be replaced. This type of damage allows for water intrusion. Curling of just a few shingles weakens the entire surface of the roof. If a lot of the shingles are curled or cracked, it may be time for a roof replacement.
Gutters and Downspouts
Autumn is the time to make sure gutters and downspouts are securely attached to the roof. Loose clips that cause gutters to pull away could cause water to damage the exterior walls and foundation of your home. Clogged or obstructed gutters and downspouts allow melting snow or ice to create an ice dam, which can quickly lead to a major roof leak. Also check for cracks and holes in the gutters. Gutters with corrosion, holes or cracks may need to be replaced.