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Avoiding the winter - Your Roof and Why It Matters

Nov 29th 2015 at 5:28 AM

Lansing, Michigan - Winter is about to begin. Which means so does the wet, cold, snow-y weather that so many cities across the nation feel during this time. Avoiding it is simply not possible, but, avoiding potential after-effects, or repercussions, of said weather when it comes to your roof is. Before the winter weather really begins to take hold, have you done these five things to ensure you’re prepared to weather the… weather?

General roof inspection : In reality, you should be inspecting your roof regularly, checking for things like leaks, issues with your shingles and caulking, gutter debris, rust build-up, etc. Doing so yourself can help alleviate the possibility that minor issues turn into larger issues. Addressing an issue before it gets bigger is vital to your roof’s stability. But, before you call a roofing professional, try pulling out a ladder and inspecting your roof yourself. If you’re not sure how to do this, call a professional.

Waterproofing : Waterproofing your roof isn’t something you’ll have to do often, if at all. If you notice issues like leaking, it’s time to water-proof your roof, and call a professional in. But, making sure your roof can shelter you and your family from the rain, sleet and snow that’s inevitably going to fall very soon, is essential.

Clean your gutters : One of the most commonly overlooked ways to ruin your roof would be to leave your gutters unattended. Leaves, dirt, grime and other debris can easily build up in your gutters, making the flow water non-existence, which can cause mold and mildew build-up, flooding in your attic, and even cause cracking. If you haven’t checked your gutters in a while, now’s the time.

Check caulking : Caulking, although something that most homeowners neglect more than not, is something that should be inspected along with all the other checks you perform while up on your roof. Rest assured: this is one of the easiest fixes if any issues are found. Simply buying some more caulk and sealing any cracks or penetrations can save you a lot of time and money down the line.

Inspect your flashings : Your roof’s flashings are the aluminum or steel materials used on your roof to prevent water from leaking through it. Damage to these flashings is a bad thing. Corroded flashings, for instance, cause pesky leakage and can lead to mildew build-up. If you notice any faulty flashings, it’s best to call a roofing professional. They will know what to do to fix the issue.

The Conclusion : The bottom line is, the holidays are fast approaching, winter is almost here. Before it becomes too cold to do, use these next couple of weeks to check your roof, perform a general walk-around, and address any issues you may find. If you’re unable to do this sort of thing yourself, don’t be afraid to call a roofing professional. Most of them will be happy to inspect your roof complimentary, or for pennies on the dollar in comparison to what it would cost to fix a larger problem caused by these issues, were they left unaddressed. Enjoy some turkey and gift-giving, watch some football, talk with family.

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