Is Your Roof Ready for Winter?
The days are shorter, the air is cooler, and the leaves are changing color. Yes, winter is coming soon. You’ve probably started winter preparations by aerating your lawn, serving your care, checking your furnace, and securing snow removal services. One crucial item is usually given no thought or place on the winterizing list, your roof.
Yes, roofs need attention too!
The hot-dry days of summer cause certain elements of roofs to contract, resulting in leaks if left unattended. Chimney flashing’s are particularly vulnerable to cracks and should be checked annually. Likewise, pipe seals need to periodically be replaced as they are prone to splitting. Many homeowners do not think about the impacts of temperature change on their roof until they see the dreaded spot on the ceiling. If one waits for the spot to appear-rather than proactively preventing, they will have to pay for an avoidable costly repair and need to paint.
Maintenance is far cheaper than repairs. This is the time of year to have gutters cleaned, adjusted, and prepared for screen installation. An inspection for missing shingles can and should be done as well. Finally flashing points near furnace pipes and valleys must be sealed
Thoughts of roofing upkeep do not usually enter people’s minds because their eyes are not focused up there. There is a lot of truth in the old saying, “out of sight out of mind”.