Is your roof ready for winter?
Submitted by Allen Roofing & Siding in Ellisville, Mo.
When looking to protect your home against outside elements, it's a good idea to start at the top. That's because your roof is your home's first line of defense against the high winds, heavy rains, sleet and snow that occur in winter.
To avoid serious damage and unnecessary expenses, it's a good idea to inspect your roof before and after winter. Roof inspections can catch potential problems before they can lead to extensive damage. Once water starts moving beyond your roof you will most likely need more than roof repairs to recover from the damage.
To help prevent leaks, moisture seepage and decay problems, check the "weak" points of your roof. Look for holes, tears or buckling in the flashings (pieces of metal used to seal any penetrations) around roof stacks, vents, skylights, chimneys and any other roof penetrations. It is estimated that more than 90 percent of roofing leaks occur in these areas.
Visually inspect your roof for any damaged, loose or missing shingles, or a blistering or buckling of shingles. Check the roof edge where it is more susceptible to wind, driving rain and ice dams (when water freezes and backs up under the roofing system), and make sure shingles are firmly secured and sealed to the roof.
Inspect and clean gutters, leaders, window wells and drains of all leaves and debris, and make sure gutters are firmly secured to the house. Direct downspouts away from the house foundation and clean them of any debris.
A home is a major investment and so is the roof. An effective maintenance program done by a professional roofing contractor will save you costly repairs and prolong the useful life of the roof system.
Allen Roofing & Siding is located in Ellisville, Mo. As of Jan. 13, 2012, this service provider was highly rated on Angie’s List. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check AngiesList.com for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angie’s List.