The winter months can damage your roof. It’s more than the chilling wind and freezing temperatures that cause problems. Ice dams can get under shingles and leave water stains on ceiling. Condensation that gets into the attic through damaged roofing can cause problems with mold and you can be left facing an entire roof replacement. However, there are steps you can take as a homeowner to prepare your roof for winter and prolong its useful life.
Regular inspections are necessary to keep your roof in good condition. Flashing may come loose over time and shingles can be dislodged in severe storms. While some damage is visible from the ground with the use of binoculars, some damage can only be seen from the roof by an experienced roofer. For example, flashing that is losing its watertight seal to the vent or chimney is one problem that most homeowners might overlook. Other problem areas that require a trained eye include any valleys or roof dormers.
Proper ventilation is necessary throughout the year. When the air cannot move through the attic space properly, the attic overheats, which is liable to cause serious damage to your shingles. Ice dams are a likely result, along with shingles that are curled and blistered. A quality roofer will examine your attic to determine if the ventilation can be improved. Follow the roofer’s advice and make the changes necessary to preserve your roof and make it ready for the winter. Another problem with improper ventilation is that it can void the warranty on your existing shingles and some insurance companies may refuse to pay any roof-related claims if ventilation problems in the attic are not addressed.
The final step to preparing your roof for the long winter ahead is to clean the gutters. Remove all debris, leaves and twigs. The perfect time to do this is when you’re hanging those holiday decorations. The valleys on the roof should also be free of any debris. Most roofers will be willing to sweep those clean while they are performing the annual inspection for you.
Robbins Roofing, Inc., is a roofing company in Oklahoma City with more than 60 combined years of experience. We are prepared to offer you a free inspection of the ventilation in your attic and provide annual roof inspection services. Our skilled roofers can make the necessary repairs to your roof so you will be ready for the winter. Visit us on Facebook to learn more about our services and products.