The winter months can wreak havoc on a roof if it is not prepared for the elements. Therefore, it is important that homeowners take the time to have Morris County roofers inspect the roof and make sure that it is ready for the cold and snowy weather to follow. Here are some of the steps that should be taken to winterize a roof.
If membrane roofing is present on a home, the membrane itself will need to be checked for leaks or other issues. If it is at all weak or if there are gaps in the seal, it could cause water damage or even a roof collapse. Small leaks or gaps may be repaired quickly without the need to replace the whole roof. As with any repair job, having an inspection done on a roof can prevent minor issues from causing problems with the whole roof.
In the event that there are shingles or tiles on the roof, an inspector will check them to make sure that they are not defective.
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If they are, they will need to be replaced to ensure that they don't allow moisture into the attic or allow animals to make your home their home during the cold season.
After the top layer of the roof has been inspected, it is time to take a look at the roof deck. Any exposed deck or wood that has rotted or warped will need to be repaired or replaced quickly. Like a wet shingle, wet wood is perfect for pests or for allowing water to seep into the home instead of away from the property.
Finally, the gutter, chimney and any flashings will be checked to ensure that there are no gaps, rust or sections missing entirely. In the event that flashing is missing or not properly fitted, it could allow water or other objects to go straight into the home. Missing or rusted gutters will send water toward the foundation and cause basement flooding when the water does melt or run off of the roof.
Lastly, it is important to make sure that the roof is clean before the winter starts. The gutter should be free of debris such as leaves or sticks that would trap rain or snow. If there is debris in the gutter and it snows, that snow could become trapped in the gutter, freeze there and create conditions ripe for an ice dam that could seriously damage your home.