Winter Is Approaching, Is Your Roof Ready?
The unmistakable signs of fall are here: football is back, the morning air is a bit crisper, and the sunshine wanes earlier each night. Autumn brings to mind beautifully colored leaves, pumpkin flavored lattes, and relaxing hay rides. But unfortunately, we know old man winter is right around the corner.
When it comes to your home or business roof, fall is a critical time to inspect and prepare for the coming winter. As roofing professionals, we recommend your home or business roof be inspected annually in the fall to identify any deficiencies that need to be fixed before winter arrives. In this article, we will point out some areas of concern and potential problems that can occur if not addressed.
Commercial Buildings with Low Slope Roofing
For buildings with low slope roofing, periodic inspections and maintenance is a MUST. Unlike the pitched roof on your home, low slope roofs rely on strong seams, flashings, and metal details to prevent water entry. The components that need regular preventive maintenance vary slightly by roof type, but here are some common items that need to be addressed:
- Roof drains need to be free of debris with an operational strainer basket.
- The sealants used to caulk termination bars, counter flashings, and other perimeter elements need to be checked for deficiencies and replaced if necessary.
- Seams around roof penetrations, such as pipes, machinery, or vents need to be checked and repaired if necessary.
- The general condition of the roof should be noted and major problems such as shrinkage, cracking, blistering, or tearing indicate the roof is nearing the end of its useful life.
Once winter arrives, repairs on these types of roofs is difficult and tends to be temporary, due to the cold and wet conditions. Don’t wait until the first big snow thaw to find out you have roof problems!
Protecting the value of your home is paramount to most people and your roof is one of your biggest assets (or possibly a liability). In order to ensure your roof is prepared for winter, here are some items that should be serviced or inspected each fall:
- Gutters – those autumn leaves are beautiful, but they clog your gutters leading to the most common cause of winter leaks: ice damming. Ensure your gutters are clean or better yet, install a gutter protection system and never clean those nasty things again!
- Flashings – these are the roof details around chimneys, vents, and pipes. These need to be checked and/or serviced for waterproofing integrity.
- Damaged Materials – whether you have an asphalt shingle, slate, or tile roof, ensure any missing or broken items are replaced.
The Midwest’s notoriously fickle weather is harsh for many types of roofs, particularly because of the drastic changes in temperature, powerful storms, and flat topography. By hiring a reputable professional roofing contractor such as Cornett Roofing Systems and conducting regular inspections and maintenance, you can greatly extend the life of your roof, prevent unnecessary leaks and damage, and enjoy peace of mind this winter.