Winston Salem Roofing: Article About Fall Roof Preparations
Most homeowners know that their roofs require regular maintenance to keep them in tip-top shape. However, this maintenance is often put off until serious degradation has already occurred. As such, it is highly recommended that homeowners ensure the roof is prepared for the fall to avoid potential rain or snow damage. If homeowners cannot conduct this basic maintenance, they should contact their local Winston Salem roofing contractor.
One of the first things homeowners should do is remove any leaf litter that becomes stuck on the roof. If there are overhanging branches, it is likely that leaves and twigs will end up on the roof before finding their way into the gutter system. If they become trapped in the gutter, the gutter may clog and cause rain and snow to back up. This could lead to moisture damage, a potentially serious issue for both the roof and the home's structure. Homeowners should check to ensure that leaf litter and twigs are not causing clogs. Leaf guards can potentially reduce the risk of clogs but it is still highly recommended that the gutters be inspected in the fall.
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Even if the homeowner has a leaf guard installed, debris can still find its way into the downspouts.
Once the roof and gutters are free of debris, homeowners should conduct a visual inspection to look for deterioration or damages. Homeowners who are not trained and do not have proper equipment to perform roof maintenance should not go up on the roof. Walking on the roof can damage the shingles, and an unstable and slippery surface could result in falling off the roof and serious injury, therefore, this inspection should be from the ground or from a ladder. Homeowners should be on the lookout for missing shingles, curled or cracked shingles and damaged flashing around skylights or chimneys. If there an access point to the attic, look for sunlight shining through the roof.
Finally, homeowners should check the insulation in the attic. Look for evidence of pest infestation, mold and overall degradation. The insulation provides a barrier that keeps the outdoor environment out and the indoor environment in. Mold can cause serious health problems, and is a sign the structural integrity of the roof may be compromised.
If shingles are missing or other damage is present, contact a local expert roofing contractor for a more thorough inspection of the roof components, and to make any fixes before the winter season begins.