The winter months are hard on your shingles. Temperatures in Oklahoma City regularly dip below freezing and we can expect both ice and snow. Here are some steps for homeowners to prepare your roof for winter and help prolong its life.
If you have any concerns about the ventilation in your attic, now is the time to address them. You can contact a professional roofing company to examine the attic and make suggestions about recommended changes.
The gutters must be cleaned for them to work properly. When they are clogged with fallen leaves, debris and branches, they can’t drain the water away from the house. Prevent water from backing up onto your roof and causing problems by making sure the gutters are completely clean. You should also check the fasteners to ensure that the gutters are pulled tightly against the fascia of your home.
Debris can get into the valleys of your roof and create an obstruction for rain and melting snow. The valleys should be cleared of any limbs or debris and the aluminum flashing in the valley should be inspected to ensure that it is in good condition.
Any area with flashing presents an opportunity for water to penetrate the roofing system and cause a water stain on ceiling. Flashing should be in good condition without any cracks or tears. The flashing should be securely connected to the roof vent, pipe or chimney it is protecting as well as the roof deck.
The shingles should be inspected and any that is worn or missing should be replaced. They should be checked for curling, tearing or cracking that can compromise the shingles and leave your house exposed to the elements.
Most aspects of this roof inspection require actually going up on the roof, especially if there is debris to be cleaned away or repairs to make. Walking on the roof is not only dangerous, it can also damage your shingles by removing some of the protective granules.
The best solution is to contact Oklahoma roofers to perform an annual inspection on your roof. An experienced roofer has the tools needed to do the inspection safely, the knowledge to find potential problem spots and the skills required to make any necessary repairs. The cost is small and it will allow you find and repair small problems before they turn into a full roof replacement.
Here at Robbins Roofing, Inc., we offer annual inspection services to help you get your home ready for winter. We can take care of the minor repairs like replacing shingles and reconnecting flashing. Visit us on Facebook today to learn how we can help you get your home ready for the long, cold months ahead.