Most people think of springtime when they hear the term “roof maintenance”. However, if your roof already has damage, waiting until spring to fix it can be extremely detrimental. Here are the top signs you should have your roof serviced this winter, before the snow thaws.
Have you noticed any bald spots on your roof where shingles are missing? If you leave them unattended until spring arrives, the consequences could be disastrous. When a shingle first falls off the roof, fixing it is considered a minor repair. But if you let the roof get weaker and more damaged throughout the winter, you may be dealing with an entire roof repair by the time spring rolls around. It’s important to take missing shingles very seriously, especially if they occur in the winter.
Built-Up Ice and Snow
Do you live in an area that gets a lot of snow each year? If so, you may run into snow-related roofing problems on a regular basis. In particular, if your roof is not well-sloped, snow can collect on top. With enough snow and enough weight, the strain can cause your roof to sag, leak or even collapse. Ice can do the same thing.
Usually, you can tell just by looking at your roof if there’s too much snow and/or ice built up on it. However, there may be other signs of excess strain on your roof as well, including cracking and popping noises or doors that start to stick or pop open on their own.
Lightening the load may be as simple as climbing a ladder and shoveling or raking the snow off. However, such a task can be dangerous if your roof is already compromised. When in doubt, it’s best to contact a professional property maintenance company such as Royal Oak Property Services.
When a chimney’s caulk wears off, leaks can develop. Common signs of a leaky chimney include the sound of water drips within the chimney, dank or musty odors, condensation inside the firebox, or water stains forming on the ceilings or walls around the chimney. If you see any of these issues, it’s time to repair them, even if it’s the dead of winter.
Have you noticed water from melting snow getting trapped at the edge of your roof? Watch out! It can freeze and cause a buildup of ice behind it. If left unattended, ice dams can warp your shingles and force moisture into your home. It’s wise to call property maintenance services to correct the problem before it gets worse.
Leaks Around Flashing
Your flashings are strips of metal that are placed on the edges of your roof. In inclement weather, they can become damaged and develop leaks. You can help prevent this from happening by having your flashing inspected at least twice each year (or more often if you live in an area with rough weather). It’s especially important to have your flashing inspected and repaired as needed after a severe snow storm.
It’s important to have a strong roof year-round, but it’s especially essential in the winter. If you have noticed any of the above signs of roof problems or weaknesses, have your roof serviced before spring arrives.