Winter weather is enough to handle when it comes to staying warm, stocking up on food and avoiding getting sick. In addition to the presumed winter preparations for your family, you don’t want to deal with home owner issues as well. Roof damage can not only cause a homeowner thousands of dollars, but it can also become a safety concern as well. Make sure to keep an eye out for the issues below to ensure your roof does not have these potential issues:
- Flashing Leaks. Flashing, the metal strips that help prevent leaks, can tear or crack. If you inspect your flashing before the winter months, you can repair any problems before the cracks allow water to leak in.
- Ice Dams. Keep your gutters clean before the first snowfall of the winter months. Your gutters help shed water from your roof, but if your gutters are filled with debris, water will get caught and freeze. This will cause your gutters to become clogged, which in turn causes Ice Dams, which are a high risk of damaging your roof.
- Roof Debris. Similar to cleaning your gutters, debris on the roof can also cause roof damage due to ice patches. Make sure to remove excess debris off the roof. If you don’t feel comfortable doing this on your own, Willamette offers roof maintenance and restoration
- Indoor Condensation. High humidity in your home’s living space is a huge indicator of excessive condensation that is likely to cause problems. The moisture can cause the wood on window sills or in the attic to rot, which can be costly to replace.
- Leaks in and around chimneys. Your home’s chimney should be inspected pre-wintertime for any cracks, loose bricks or missing mortar. You want to fix any cracking or deterioration to prevent leaks and future damage.