Albany Roofers: Article About Preparing A Roof For Winter
Winter causes much wear and tear on any roof, which is why it's so important to winterize a roof in advance of the season. Most of the deterioration and damage that occurs to a roof during winter can be avoided through preparation. A good time to begin preparing and to schedule or perform any necessary cleaning and maintenance is in the final weeks of fall before the weather begins to cool.
Homeowners will want to use a pair of binoculars and perform a self inspection of their roofs prior to winter and at least once a month throughout the season. This is an opportunity to look for obvious signs of damage, such as missing shingles, broken shingles and shingles and flashing that have curled up.
Ideally, homeowners should schedule a professional roof inspection each year as well. A roofer can isolate any potential problems that may not be obvious to the homeowner, such as flashing that requires replacing. Many Albany roofers provide this type of analysis at little to no cost.
It's also a good idea to have the attic inspected. Annual attic inspections aren't required, however, and a good rule of thumb is to have the attic inspected at least once every 5 to 10 years. A roofer can usually perform an attic inspection as well and will examine the underside of the sheathing, the attic ventilation and the attic insulation.
The roofing at Ideal Construction of Albany can assist you with any questions regarding doors or windows.
Another essential winterizing step is gutter cleaning. Clean gutters and downspouts inside and out or hire a professional to do it. Make sure that gutters are clear of all debris. Use a running garden hose to ensure that downspouts are flowing freely and that all released water ends up far enough away from the home. If gutters are filled with organic matter and the homeowner has trouble keeping up, then gutter guards can be a good investment. Guards can be an effective way of combating snow and ice on gutters as well, but deicing cables are an even more effective option, and they work fast.
Trim all overhanging branches. Homeowners don't want large branches failing on their roofs, but their goal here should be to avoid even small items, such as leaves, pinecones, acorns and twigs. Clean all dirt and foreign objects from a roof before winter starts as well. Pine needles and other organic matter often accumulate at the inward angles where roof sections meet, and these piles of debris can be a breeding ground for discoloration, rot and unwanted growth, such as fungus or moss.