Prevent A Roofing Nightmare With These Nifty Winterization Tips

Seasonal weather is sometimes the culprit for roof damages, which means that you need to ensure that you make appropriate planning if you live in an area that is known for harsh winters or severe weather. The following tasks represent steps you can take to reduce the chances of your roof getting damaged during the winter.   

Roof Flashings

This part of your roofing goes around the perimeter. If it is not secure, moisture can infiltrate underneath roofing and cause issues such as buckled shingles. Tears or cracks in flashing should be fixed even if the damage looks minor. This is because winter weather can cause damages to spread around the seams of the roofing materials creating an ideal dwelling space for moisture.

Gutters

Dirty gutters may cause roofing damages as a result of not being able to properly drain water. Debris and ice combined in gutters can result in too much weight being placed on your home, which could cause the gutters to separate from your home. Clogged gutters may also cause water to sit and freeze on rooftops and cause moisture issues. 

Tall Trees

Pay attention to any trees that are in close proximity to your home. This is because branches that hover over rooftops could fall on top of your roof due to the weight of ice or snow. Old or sick trees could also succumb to winter weather and fall onto your home. If you suspect that a tree is decaying, a landscaper can determine whether or not it is a potential threat and remove or treat it as needed. They can also trim trees to ensure that the branches do not pose a risk.

Organic Matter and Organisms

The presence of lichens, mold, mildew or algae on or near the roof is a sign that you may have a moisture issue that could get worse if it is not addressed prior to the winter season. It may be difficult for you to see these growths from the ground level. Using a ladder or attempting to navigate a rooftop can both be dangerous for untrained individuals, which is why you should contact a professional for a roof inspection to rule out moisture issues or determine the extent of suspected damages.

A roofing contractor is the best resource to use if you are unfamiliar with the proper way to carry out these winterization duties. If existing damages are not repaired, they can create moisture conditions that could cause structural decay and damage or leaks.

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