Don't let winter weather exploit weak points in your roof

Don't let winter weather exploit weak points in your roof

Major roofing repairs can cost thousands of dollars, but you can avoid some of the biggest expenses by following practical maintenance and inspection routines.

Start by having your roof inspected at least every 3 years  -- more often if there's been extreme weather such as large hail or a nearby tornado. A trained roof inspection professional will be able to identify any issues with your roof so you can promptly get repairs.

In between inspections, be sure to be on the lookout for these potential weak points on your roof to catch any early warning signs of a problem.

Flashing is weatherproofing material used around any penetrations in the roof, such as a chimney or skylight. It is usually made of metal or some other material that keeps water from leaking into your home.

Flashings tend to be a place where roofs show wear and tear, especially because roofers will often install flashings that are dependent upon caulk or other sealants that break down over time, said Mark Rutherford of Angie’s List top-rated Atlanta roofing company Atlanta Roofing Specialists, Inc.

Installing flashing is one of the most difficult parts of a roof installation.  “If someone uses an installer without much experience, that’s where it shows,” Rutherford said.
Valleys & Transitions
These are where the roof changes slope and direction. The valleys are the low points where all the water and debris will run, making them susceptible to damage over time if debris isn’t properly removed.

To keep these areas maintained, make sure they are cleared off periodically. In addition, you can ask your roofer about special ice and water barriers if this is a particular point of concern for your home.

On top of watching these problem areas, you should also always keep an eye out for stains on the ceiling, and wet spots and leaks in the attic. Also keep your eyes open for damages done to your roof by pests such as squirrels, says Julio Montano of Angie’s List top-rated Houston roofing company Houston Painting & Remodeling.

By taking a proactive stance on the health of your roof, you’ll put yourself on the path to increasing its longevity and keeping costs down. Check out these Winterizing Your Roof tips, as well as just good roof maintenence tips, from Angie's List.

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