Somerset County Roofers: Article About Preparing A Roof For Winter
When it comes to roof damage, severe weather during spring and summer gets everyone's attention. However, it's actually the winter months that can be hardest on a roof. The combined forces of snow, ice and cold can cause serious damage to a roof that isn't prepared to handle it, and there's nothing worse than having a roofing problem in the middle of a cold, snowy winter. That's why Somerset County roofers recommend that homeowners take a few simple steps to prepare their roofs for the stresses that winter can cause.
The first step to winter proofing a roof is to clear off any material that has built up on the roof or in the gutters, including leaves, twigs, pine needles and other debris. A properly functioning roof must give rain and snow a clear path from the roof, into the gutters and eventually out a downspout and away from the home. Debris buildup can slow or even stop this process, contributing to the development of ice dams and other potential damages. This process is best done late in the fall after trees have lost their leaves.
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After the roof and gutters are cleared of all debris, the next step is to visually inspect its condition. Any signs of missing, damaged or worn shingles, missing or rusted flashing or other obvious wear should be noted and replaced before the winter season. The condition of the gutters should be checked as well, paying particular attention to any seams where leaks may form. Because snow and ice can put a significant amount of strain on gutters, they should be securely fastened to the fascia boards. If the gutters are fastened by spikes, consider swapping them out in favor of stronger, more secure gutter screws.
Of course, there's ultimately no substitute for the skill and expertise of a professional roofer. Every homeowner should have their roof professionally inspected at least once every three years, and late summer or early fall is a great time to have it done. This is especially important if roof damage is suspected or if the roof is nearing the end of its expected lifespan. For asphalt shingle roofing, this is generally between 15 and 30 years depending on the specific materials used. A thorough inspection ensures that any problem areas will be discovered and properly addressed and that the roof will be in the best shape possible to withstand the stresses of winter weather.