There is a chill in the air and the leaves have changed color and have begun to fall. Flip-flops and bathing suits have been replaced with boots and sweaters. You may have even turned the heat on or started a fire in the fireplace by now. Before it gets too cold or you get too into your hot cocoa with marshmallows, there is one more thing you have to do. You need to make sure that your roofing is ready for winter.
First and foremost, you need to make sure that your gutters are not clogged. Be sure they are completely cleaned out before the first snow fall. While you are cleaning them, be sure to keep an eye out for granules from your shingles as this is an indication that your roof is getting to an age where it will need to be replaced.
In addition to your gutters, be sure that the drains and downspouts are clear as well. If melting snow has nowhere to go and no way off the roof, it can cause you to need roof repair. This is because the snow will begin to melt during the day and then freeze again at night if it has nowhere to go. If this happens over and over, an ice dam may result and cause even more of a backup. The water may end up in your home or attic if it is not taken care of in a timely manner.
Therefore, not only should you ensure that your gutters are clean, you should also carefully remove snow from the edge of your home, especially after a large snowfall or if you have a flat roof. You should also be sure that your attic is properly insulated so that the heat from your home does not add to this problem. Furthermore, without vents in the soffits, ridges, and/or gables of your roof, the hot air from you home will condensate. This can cause moisture damage as well as mold or rot to form in your roof’s supports.
If you have skylights in your roof and you are afraid of heights, then you should call a professional to remove the ice and snow. If it is left there, the skylight may begin to leak due to internal condensation having no way to escape.
While you can go up on your roof and into your attic to ensure all is well and ready for the winter, it is better to call a professional to get the all clear. Professional roofers know exactly what to look for and where to look. It is better to be safe than sorry. An inspection is much cheaper than an emergency repair.
Call up some friends, family, and neighbors and ask for some recommendations. Then, go online and check them out. If they are licensed, insured and have few complaints, then have them come out and look at your roof. If a problem is found, be sure to have three companies come out and give you an estimate before you have it fixed.