November 22, 2020
Winter is coming.
Not just a famous and useful quote from your favorite TV series (Game of Thrones) but a common indication for everyone to sort their affairs in order before rough weathers start to mess things up.
Are there ways to avoid damages to your roof? Yes. And there are ten ways that you can do to prevent damage and protect your roof!
1. Check or Assess your Roof
Having your roof checked is like insurance to your slate. A professional roof contractor could spot and address signs of a possible problem before winter or storm arrives. And consider having your roof checked annually to ensure the health of your shelter.
2. Check the Roof Flashing
Has the roof professional checked your flashing carefully? The roof flashing is one of your roof’s weak spot. Harsh winter can damage the flashing. Inspect it from time to time to make sure everything is sealed.
3. Roof Valleys
Don’t forget to check the roof valleys. Another weak spot of your roof and is prone to leaks. Make sure debris didn’t build-up on that area of your roof to reduce weight and avoid wearing and ablating.
4. Inspect your Roof Shingles (MUST)
Roof shingles are delicate as your flashing. Any signs of curling and missing granules could be a sign of future problems in your roof.
Check the shingles and have them replaced if needed.
5. Gutter and Downspout
Before storms and winter, check your gutter for debris that could clog your downspouts and drains. And a well-installed gutter guard could ensure that during the storm and winter, it could keep your drain from clogging.
6. Check your Gutter
Other than keeping the debris out of the drain, you have to make sure that they are secured and not loose. Gutters that are not securely attached can lead to overflow and cause more problems for your roof and sidings.
7. Clear the Surrounding Tree Branches
Make sure that you don’t have big branches of the tree over your roof. It is valuable to trim the hovering branches above your slate to avoid falling debris from the tree that can cause significant damage to your roof.
8. Replacing the Sealants
Does your roof have plumbing stacks and a chimney? You have to check the base around those areas. See if the seal is damaged. They tend to wear over time. Replacing the sealant is the best solution for those problems.
9. Check your Attic
Checking the attic is one of the most important things that we have to do. But most homeowners fail to look around their attic and check for problems. An evenly distributed insulation could ensure the heat in your home. It could help your bills to keep it from escalating and prevent ice dams from forming and damage your roof.
10. Monitor and Ask for Professional Assistance
During this time of the year, it would be best to monitor your roof from time to time and keep track if there are possible problems that could jeopardize the vitality of your roof and your home. Contact Peaks & Valleys Construction to have your roof checked to prevent further damage.