As the autumn gets colder and the days get shorter, it means that winter is almost at your door. Winter brings with it many home problems, including roofing problems. In winter, homeowners can face a variety of roofing problems, including ice dams, condensation and property damage. These problems are difficult to cure in winter due to weather conditions, but they can be avoided if you take good care of your roof in autumn.
Autumn is the best time to prepare your home for winter, but that doesn’t mean that these problems will stop haunting you. So, even if all the renovation and maintenance work on the roof was done before winter, but you still have problems, don’t despair. These problems need to be fixed immediately.
In this post we will discuss some really easy roof repairs and maintenance tips to help you survive the winter months without major problems.
Roof maintenance in autumn
In autumn, check the roof for any damage or deterioration, and if you find one, repair it immediately. In winter, you need to be even more alert and proactive. Regularly check for signs of icicles and ice dams – especially after a snow or wind storm, etc. – and make sure that there are no signs of icicles or ice dams. Make sure that the fascia and ejection area is not clogged with debris, ice, snow, dead leaves, etc., and that there are no signs of icing up. Use a roof rake to eliminate excessive snow build-up.
Flashing and chimney repair
If you notice any leakage or faeces in your home, on the roof around the chimney area, this means that the chimney leakage is the result of sheet metal impacts. This can damage both the chimney and the roof. So that the chimney and flashing are properly checked only in the autumn, and if something is wrong, it must be repaired. Your roof repair company should also have the chimney repaired, if not, hire a chimney repair company. If you are planning to do a DIY flashing repair, pay attention to the temperature so that the glue used in the repair does not freeze on cold days.
Shingles with metal fasteners or nails can be repaired or replaced at any time of the year. However, special care should be taken to ensure that the roofing does not crack or crack. If you know what your roofing material has and how to repair it, do your job. But if you don’t know it, don’t get on the roof and don’t destroy it even more. Call a roof repair company and let it fix for you. Remember, you need an experienced roof repair contractor to work on the roof, because an amateur contractor wouldn’t be better than you and could damage the roof just like you.
Gutters are the key but most underestimated part of the roof, which plays a huge role in saving the roof from winter by keeping it dry and clean. Gutters should be regularly checked and cleaned, and if damaged, they should be replaced immediately. Gutters also protect the fascia board and house walls from water damage and keep passageways dry and clean. If the gutters are blocked, they will not remove water from the roof properly. This means that water will overflow throughout the house, which can cause many problems, including damage to the foundations of the house. As long as the gutters are clean and dry, they can be repaired or replaced (if damaged), even in winter, just like in summer. So, keep gutters free of any impurities to maintain a good drainage system in your home and keep the roof.
Repairing your attic
If you suddenly notice any leaks in your home, it can be caused by the attic. Every day in winter, your home produces a significant amount of heat, which escapes through the roof of your home. Over time, this process weakens the insulation of the attic, and when snow starts melting on the roof, it leads to leaks from the roof. It is your job to regularly check the insulation in the attic, and when you notice a leak, you know it’s time to reinsulate. If you spend enough time, money and investment to reinsulate your attic in something sustainable, you will encounter far fewer leaks and other roofing problems.
Maintenance of trees
Yes, trees are an essential part of our environment and look so beautiful when they surround your home. However, if by chance huge trees hang over your home, it can be dangerous for your roof. You need to take action to make sure that there is no such risk above the roof of your home. Call the tree service and use their help to solve the problem. If they believe that the tree can be felled above your home and would not cause any serious problems in the future, cut them down. If you really need to remove a tree to protect your family and home, you only need to remove it. Having trees around the house is a good thing because they keep the air fresh. But at the same time you need to be more careful to keep the roof away from any impurities such as branches, dead leaves, etc.
Replacing the roof
If the roof is made of metal or wood and shingles, it can be replaced at any time of the year, regardless of the season. If you have a flat roof made of rubber, you must wait until spring to get a replacement. This is especially so because adhesives used in flat roofs are in most cases temperature-dependent and can freeze, and in winter they do not function properly. Contact the roof repair service and seek advice.
So, these were a few simple tips for repairing and maintaining your roof in winter to help you go through the season without many hooks. If you have more serious roofing problems, contact your roof replacement service immediately.