In November it's time to get your house ready for the holidays and for the winter conditions ahead, snow, freezing rain, sleet, winter storms. Your roof protects your home against harsh weather conditions and it is essential that it's in good condition to keep your family comfortable and your energy costs low.
Roof winterization means not only a visual inspection of your roof surface, but also preparation of the areas around your house that might impact your roof in a winter storm. Ice build up on tree branches that come down during high winds can do a lot of damage to a roof. Remove any dead trees or tree branches that could fall on your home now before the weather makes this task more difficult.
Did you have a roof ice dam last winter? If you had an area of icicles hanging down from roof eaves then you should address the problem before you end up with water damage in your home and damage to your roof. Roof dams are often caused by inadequate ceiling insulation, or poor soffit and ridge ventilation. (Image: source Home Construction Improvement.com)
We can help you evaluate the condition that caused the ice dam. Thermal imaging can pin-point areas of heat loss. Insulation can be added to stop the flow of heat out of the weak area. It's not always the case that you need to add more insulation - you might need a different type of insulation, so it's important to have professional advice.
When inspecting your roof look for missing or damaged tiles/shingles, warped or missing flashing. Clean off any built up debris and clean out the gutters to keep melt water flowing. Check that your gutters are clear by running water through from the roof surface.
If you need roof repairs, contact a licensed roofing contractor right away, and if your roof looks fine, remember it is a good idea to have a roof expert take a look at it every 2 or 3 years to confirm its condition.
As a homeowner getting ready for winter means more than turning off the exterior water, putting away the patio furniture, and firing up the snow-blower. Inspecting the overall condition of your roof and addressing any issues with your home insulation will help you fix problems causing snow and ice builds up. Don't wait until the damage is done. Ice dams not only cause roof damage but interior water damage resulting in the expense of replaced dry wall.
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