Even though it is exposed to the elements in every season of the year, winter weather conditions are often the most damaging to your home's roof. This is especially true if the roof is an older one or is showing any signs of deterioration or damage. If you prefer not to have to deal with a leaking roof during the coming winter months, consider doing a visual inspection of your roof each autumn to look for the following three issues that could result in future leaks.
One: Examine gutters to ensure they are free of debris and in good condition
When gutters work properly, they quickly funnel water from rain or melting snow and ice away from the surface of your roof. However, if the guttering is filled with leaves, acorns or other debris, or if it is rusted through or damaged in some way, water may be pooling in some sections of the guttering. When this occurs during freezing weather, this water expands during the process of freezing and forces its way under the shingles, causing damage to the roof. When this issue is left unresolved, leaks often form that require expensive roof repairs or even replacement.
Two: Examine shingles for excessive wear patterns and damage
A roofing shingle that is in good condition will retain its color and texture, and lay flat in its position on the roof. Shingles that have lost their color and abrasive coating or those that appear to have broken or curled edges have failed due to age, damage or wear. If only a few shingles appear to be experiencing these issues, it may be possible to have only the damaged areas replaced. If, however, the entire roof or a large portion of it show this type of damage, it is likely that you will need a new roof installed to prevent issues with leaks during the coming winter.
Three: Sealant or flashing failure
Another common roofing issue that frequently results in roof leaks is the failure of sealants and flashing used around plumbing stacks, roof vents, flues and chimneys. These sealants are often made from rubber, tar or other compounds that can experience shrinkage when subjected to hot summer sunshine and temperature extremes. When flashing is used, sealants are often applied to prevent moisture from getting under the flashing and infiltrating the layers of the roof. To look for this type of issue, examine the area around the base of each stack, vent, flue or chimney on your roof. If the sealant appears to be missing, cracked, loosened or misshapen, it will need to be repaired immediately to prevent further damage to the roof.
If you are unsure about the condition of your roof, or have questions about what you see during your examination, contact a reputable local roofer to provide a professional opinion, such as Onit Roofing & Exteriors Inc roofs, and advise you of your options for repairing or replacing the roof.
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