While it may still be too early to worry about winter, remember that your roof is always at risk during the winter. Due to the unpredictable nature of winters in Texas, you must make sure that your roof is constructed to the highest standard so that it can withstand even the worst weather conditions. You shouldn't wait until the cold season hits before having a qualified roofing company such as APD Roofing check your roofing system. But before you call a contractor, try these simple winter roofing tips first.
PREPARE FOR ICE DAMS
In the winter, ice dams form when water pools behind snowmelt along the roof's margins. Water can back up under the shingles and leak into your house. Keeping the heat out of your attic will prevent this from happening. In order to accomplish that, you must provide sufficient ventilation for your roof through a channel under the shingles and along the ridge. The goal is to keep the temperature on your roof the same as that on the surface in order to keep the ice from melting.
CLEAN AND PROTECT THOSE GUTTERS
Your gutters need to be clear and functioning if you want to prevent ice dams. As the temperature gets warmer, ice on your roof will melt, causing the same issues you were trying to avoid by installing the extra ventilation system, unless the water is drained quickly through the gutters. Make sure your gutter is equipped with a guard to prevent debris from clogging the path of water. You can check if the gutter is working by pouring water into it and seeing if it goes directly into the catch basin.
SEAL THE FLASHING
Roofing flashing is installed around chimneys, vent pipes, and valleys. In the most vulnerable parts of the roof, where leaks are most likely to occur, they close up gaps. Ensure that your flashing is properly sealed off to prepare your roof for winter. Replace the flashing immediately if there are signs of damage or wear. If possible, replaster all flashings with plastic cement to ensure proper adhesion.
KEEP PESTS OUT
Winter is not just for you, but also for squirrels, raccoons, mice, and birds. You may find that they are looking for a warm place to get out of the cold and your home is a welcome relief. The most common way for them to enter houses is through the roof. Although it would be nice to have them in your home, they can cause serious damage, which might negatively impact your own. Check your roof for any damage that can allow them access.
DECIDE – ROOF REPLACEMENT VS. REPAIR
As you prepare your roof for winter, if there are too many damaged sections, decide whether to repair them or replace them completely. You can hire a qualified roofer to assess the damage on your roof so you can make an informed decision. Make sure that the local roofing company you hire to install your roof is reputable so your roof will be able to withstand any weather.
Contact us today. We’ll assure you of a quality roof and get you ready for Winter.
MELVYN E HUCKABY II
Lead Claims Consultant, IICRC Certified