Is Your Roof Ready for Winter

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Winter is coming, and this is not a Game of Thrones reference for those who happen to live in the northern hemisphere. You might think that you have gotten all of the necessary preparations down pat, including obtaining the right kind of winter tires for your vehicle, the right equipment to shovel away snow from the driveway if it snowed particularly heavy the night before and even making sure that there is adequate heating throughout your home. How about the exterior of the house that you live in, particularly the roof? Here’s why you need to check your roof before winter sets in full swing, along with details on what you need if your roof is in a state of disrepair.

Regular inspections

There is no substitute for regular inspections of your roof. Take a good look and keep a keen eye out for dark and browning spots, as well as worn out shingles that visually stand out due to their warped form factor.

Moss

Moss is another enemy of your roof, and it is different from plain ugly black algae. As moss carries water, your entire house might end up with a damp feeling if the problem is widespread. It is best to sweep away moss just as they are starting to establish a foothold. Should the problem be more widespread, then you will have to kill it off. When doing so, however, try to avoid products that have zinc sulfate as part of the chemical makeup, which is toxic in nature.

Gutters

It is imperative that your gutters are cleaned from time to time, with spring and autumn being the crucial periods as debris tend to add up. A clogged gutter would halt the flow of water to the downspouts and thereby, soaking the roof, which will cause it to rot over time. It may be a good idea to have a leaf-proof gutter system installed if your house enjoys the comforting shade of a tree.

Trees that are close by

Trees are a lovely addition to any house, but they too, need maintenance. If there are overhanging trees with branches that provide direct access to your roof, you might end up with a squirrel problem. Squirrels tend to scratch at your roof, damaging them while loosening up the shingles which could end up flying whenever there are strong winds. Branches could also break off under certain circumstances, and the damage then could be devastating to your bank account. It is best to ensure that branches remain trimmed with a minimum distance of 10 feet between it and your roof.

Remember, safety first always! Never, ever walk on the roof yourself, but use a ladder instead with someone to take down notes as you call out the spots and defects that have been detected. A pair of binoculars might come in handy as well as zooming in on those difficult to see places. Rather than take the risk of repairing the damaged or broken parts of your roof before winter sets in, it would be best to contact a roofing contractor.