The snow and ice that may arrive during the winter months can be a challenge for your roof to handle. To ensure your roof is ready for the winter, make use of the tips below.
Look Around Your Attic
One of the first things you can do to be sure that your roof is in good condition is to spend some time in your attic. Look for damp or wet insulation or any sign that water has penetrated the roof. Of course, any dampness may indicate a leak in the roof that needs to be addressed. You might wish to check out your attic after a rain storm to possibly observe active leaking. If you have a finished attic and no insulation is exposed, look for water stains on the walls or ceiling of the attic.
If you don't feel anything wet in the attic or see stains, that might not mean everything is fine. A "wet dog" or moldy smell may indicate a water problem with your roof that you simply cannot see from inside.
Check Chimney Flashing for Problems
If you have a fireplace, you might be looking forward to starting a number of warm fires when the temperature drops. Water coming in from the roof could literally dampen those hopes. It's vital that you look at the metal flashing along the side of your chimney on the roof to ensure it is tightly screwed in. If it is not, water could seep in. If the flashing is not firmly attached to the roof, mold might also be growing underneath the flashing and on top of roofing shingles, which could cause damage over time.
Clear Out Gutters
During autumn, leaves and branches fall as trees prepare themselves for the winter. That means that the gutters around your house are more likely to become jammed with dead leaves and twigs. When the gutters are full of things, they are less effective at getting water off the roof and into the ground. Water allowed to sit in the gutter because it cannot properly drain may infiltrate the roof along its edges and cause damage. Clearing out your gutters on a regular basis can help you avoid that.
By utilizing the above tips, you can feel assured that your roof is going to last the winter. For a thorough assessment for any roof repairs you may need, get in touch with a roofing contractor in your neighborhood.
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