Winter is rough on houses. From vicious winds to mountains of snow, sleet, and ice, we ask a lot from our roofs during this time of year.
Here are a few signs to look for to make sure your roof is ready to literally carry the load of winter.
1. Missing Shingles
Your roof doesn’t immediately start leaking if it’s missing a shingle. Sometimes it can take a while for enough water to seep through the underlayers. Only once it seeps through will you notice leaks inside your home. Other times, your roof may not actually experience a leak. It all depends on the types of shingles, how they were installed, and which one is missing.
Even without a current leak, missing shingles can create compounding problems. The underlay of your roof isn’t meant to be exposed to the elements. Left untreated, missing shingles can create costly damages to your property – including structural damages.
2. Damaged Shingles
Like a single missing shingle, damaged shingles lead to problems. From nicks and cracks to chips and full breaks, damaged shingles are likely to worsen with winter weather. All it takes is a few days of deeply cold weather – and maybe some wind and a couple of feet of snow – for an already-compromised shingle to break, crack, or chip further.
Before these damaged shingles cause any extreme issues, it’s easiest to get them fixed.
3. Staining On Fascia or Siding
The above issues describe something that may become a problem. Staining on fascia or siding is more likely the sign of a problem: an already formed leak in your roof.
If you’re noticing discoloration or obvious water stains, it’s best to call a professional. These pros can assess the area and determine where the water is coming from and whether or not it’s cause for concern.
4. Clogged Eavestroughs or Gutters
Eavestroughs are a part of a healthy roofing system. When they’re clogged, water, snow, and ice can all back up on the roof. This creates opportunities for damages and leaks to occur.
Fall is also the hardest time to keep gutters clean. One windy day can cause a variety of twigs, leaves, and other debris to land in your eavestrough. A thorough and well-timed fall eavestrough cleaning helps eliminate potential problems.
How To Help Prep Your Roof
For those do-it-yourselfers out there, we do have a few recommended actions to help prepare your roof for the rough winter ahead.
- Ensure your eavestroughs are clear: This will eliminate potential issues with your gutter system. Eavestrough cleanings can be completed on your own or through a certified professional.
- Clean your roof of all debris: Besides looking cleaner, this prevents that debris from building up under mounds of snow. It also ensures leaves and sticks don’t drift into your gutter system.
- Make sure your roof is properly ventilated: Improper ventilation leads to a shorter shingle life. Your eaves or roofs should have vents on them. If they don’t – and you’re unsure if your roof is vented properly – call a professional.
What To Do If Your Roof Isn’t Ready For Winter
Simple: give a professional roofer like Heritage Roofing a call. Professionals can help lead you to the most appropriate solution available. These solutions might even require a simpler fix than you think.