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Schenectady Roofing: Article About Protecting A Roof Against Storms

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Simple repairs and improvements can increase a roof's ability to withstand the onslaught of winter storms, particularly for classic asphalt or composite shingled roofs. As shingles age, the adhesive used to keep the edge in place will begin to break down. If the shingles are brittle or slightly lifted, the wind pressure can be problematic, especially if the roof consists of more than one layer of shingles. Wind ratings are based on only a single layer of shingles, so the more layers the roof has, the less effective the shingles will be at withstanding a strong winter storm.

While traditional shingles can withstand winds up to 50 miles an hour, slower gusts can get up underneath the shingles and rip them off the roof. Having a local Schenectady roofing contractor come out and apply roofing adhesive to all shingles that are not secured tightly can improve the roof's ability to protect the home, but it needs to be done two to four weeks before the first expected storm. Adhesive requires time to cure before it's confronted with moisture. Delaying winter preparations can interfere with the roof's effectiveness.

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Adding a few extra nails or replacing the flashing where damaged or rusted can also up the chances that the roof will pass through a number of heavy rains unscathed. However, asphalt isn't the only type of roof that needs to be inspected and repaired before winter sets in. Metal tiles, cedar shake, slate roofing or even rubber shingles all need to be checked for defects or wear.

In addition, vents, chimneys, skylights and roof valleys need to be carefully examined by a professional, as these are common areas where water can penetrate the roof and work its way into the home. Once rain or melted snow gets past the upper layer of shingles, the moisture will damage the insulation, sheathing and other important structures of the home. In enclosed areas, such as crawl spaces, walls and insulation, mold can begin to grow in as little as 10 days.

Gutter failure is another important area that homeowners need to consider before the weather grows icy. If the gutter isn't tightly secured to the fascia board, water running off the roof can miss the gutter and saturate the roof's edges. Therefore, the best way to prepare for winter is to have a professional roofing company take a look and make suggestions for improvements. A well built and maintained roof and gutter system is the best defense against a storm.

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