Here are some tips on how to prepare your roof for the winter season.
Practice Regular Maintenance and Inspections
The first thing you should do is check the inside of your home for any dark spots or paint that is blistering on the ceilings. These are all signs of water damage from the roofing system. You must also check for any damp spots near the doors and fireplaces. The cold weather will cause the heat to escape from the home and ultimately cost you more on electricity from just minor damage. Such ice dams will block off the drains and allow the ice to build up and weaken the overall quality of the roof.
Check for Missing Tiles or Singles on the Roof
Scan for any sign of damage such as the dark patches on the tiles and shingles. You should also be able to look for any cupping or curling, buckled or chipped singles as your roof may look uneven. All of which are signs of aging roofs that need immediate replacement. Once you see any of these signs, you should consider replacing it right away.
Inspect the Chimney Area
To help you determine whether or not you need to replace your roof, you must also check for any flashing in the chimney to ensure that is it not dislodged or peeled off. Once you have determined the quality of the chimney, you should also check for any damage in the skylights, vents, and structures that interfere with the roof.
Inspect For Moss
Moss and black algae are prone to growing on your roof. While this can affect the overall appearance of the roof, it will not cause any damage. However, when Moss is found on the roof, this can lead to problems. Moss holds water, which will make your roof moisten and age early. You can apply certain products that contain potassium salts or fatty acids to get rid of moss. If you are unsure of how to do it, you can also contact a roofing company to come and do the work for you.
Deep Clean the Gutters
Gutters are a part of the roof. That is why it is important to keep them clean before too much debris builds up in the gutter. It will prevent the water from overflowing through the spouts as the water begins to soak up. If the gutter is clogged, this will lead to more blockage and damage to the foundation of the home. You will need to install a gutter brush to keep the gunk away and protect your exterior housing protected.
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