Be Ready For Winter: 3 Ways To Make Sure Your Roof Is Ready For The Weather Change

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It's that time of year again. Time to make sure your roof is ready for winter. Torrential rains, snow, and high winds can wreak havoc on your roof. One way to protect your roof from winter dangers is to give it a thorough inspection before the weather changes. In addition to the usual things you'll be looking for, such a missing or damaged shingles, you should also include the following steps in your annual pre-winter inspection.

Check the Flashing

When inspecting your roof, it's important that you not overlook the flashing. If you're not sure what the flashing is, it's the thin metal strips that cover the angles and joints on your roof. Over time, the flashing on your roof can wear out, or get loose. When that happens, moisture can seep down towards the substructure of your roof, where it can cause wood rot, and leaks. To prevent problems this winter, check the flashing for signs of damage, such as rust or corrosion. You'll also want to make sure that the flashing is securely attached to your roof.

Look Under the Debris

While you're on the roof, look for piles of debris, including leaves or pine needles. This type of debris provide the perfect location for mold and algae to grow. Unfortunately, not only are mold and algae unsightly, they're also a hazard for your roof. If you've got mold or algae on your roof, use a solution of equal parts bleach and water to remove it. Spray the solution onto your roof, scrub it with a brush, and then rinse with clear water. To keep it from returning, use a push broom to remove all the debris from your roof.

Test the Edging

Before ending the inspection of your roof, you'll want to test the edging – the area of the roof that runs behind your rain gutters. This area is especially susceptible to damage during the winter. Unfortunately, you might not be able to see the damage without an up-close inspection of the area. Carefully lift up on the edges of your shingles. If they're loose, you'll need to secure them with roofing cement before the rains arrive. To prevent further damage to your roof, make sure your gutters are clean, and flowing properly, before the winter weather arrives. Dirt and debris can cause your gutters to overflow, sending water under the edges of your shingles, which can pose a serious threat to your roof.

Now's the time to make sure your roof is ready for winter. If you find problems during your inspection, be sure to contact a roofing contractor like K.P Lamarco & Associates near you.

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