Roofing issues to watch for during the winter months
Remove Snow – Snow is heavy and just a few inches can create an enormous weight for your roof to bear. Snow should be cleared from any vulnerable areas wherever it is safe to do so.
Watch For Ice – Snow isn’t the only issue in winter. Melting snow and rain flows through your gutter system. When the temperature drops, especially at night, it can freeze in and around gutters. If water backs up behind the ice, it can cause damage to shingles allowing for leaks.
Inspect Flashing & Shingles – Flashing or shingles can become loose or damaged when exposed to wind and ice. Repairs should be taken care of immediately to avoid water leaking into the home.
Check Gutters Regularly – Look for any build-up of debris and/or ice dams. In general, if you see icicles hanging from your gutters, you likely have a problem, and the area needs clearing.
Check Your Attic – Ensure your attic has good ventilation and insulation. Both of these things can have a direct impact on your roof and leave it more exposed to the elements. Go up into your attic and ensure there are clear routes for ventilation and that your insulation is working as it should.
Look For Debris – Before storms start to roll in and snow comes down, be sure to check your roof and surrounding areas (such as gutters and downspouts) for debris. Insure there are no branches, leaves, stones, pine needles, or other loose items that will prevent your gutter system from operating effectively.
Roof maintenance isn’t an easy any time of the year, but winter poses even more safety challenges. Call the experts at Al’s Union Roofing at 267-243-8039 today and let them take care of the problem while you stay safe and warm inside your home. www.alsroofing.org
PHOTO CAP: Icicles may look pretty but they can indicate issues with your gutter system!