If you live in an area that gets a lot of rain and snow, this can wreak havoc on your asphalt roof. Once this happens, you will have many problems, the worse of which is your roof leaking. To help with this, below are two tips to make sure your roof weathers the rain and snow.
Protect in the Summer
During the summer months you may get a lot of rain, as well as high winds from spring and summer rain storms. These things will cause problems with your roof in some cases. To help prevent this, hire a roofing contractor to inspect the roof. This is best done in the spring before the bad weather conditions start.
The roofing contractor will inspect the roof for damage, such as missing shingles, loose shingles, problems with the gutter system, and more. If the contractor finds damage, they will repair it for you. If the gutter system is clogged, water will not drain out of it, which means the water will back up onto and under your roof.
If the roof has a lot of damage and your roof is old, the contractor will suggest that you replace the roof and your gutter system.
Protect in Winter
Snow and ice can mean big trouble for your asphalt roof. One of the most important things you should do is to remove built up snow as soon as you can. Snow is heavy once it builds up. Also, when snow melts this water sits on your roof causing problems. An ice dam can also appear on the roof due to the freezing and thawing conditions of the water. Ice dams are a solid, thick ice built around on the roof eaves. If you have this, you will likely see a lot of icicles hanging from the roof where the ice dam is. Ice dams can cause problems with shingles, as well as cause gutters to loosen.
You need to inspect the flashing on your roof. This is especially true if you have an older roof. This is because the flashing will warp or even become loose over time. If there are problems with the flashing, water and snow can enter your roof much easier. Once this happens, you will start to have leaks inside your home.
The roofing contractor that you hire can give you many more tips to keep your roof in good condition.Share
4 December 2019
When it came time to install a new roof on my home, I had no idea where to start. In fact, I was exploring roofing options that were a really poor fit in my climate. It wasn't until I reached out to a local roofer that I got some lessons on how to choose the right roofing material for my home and the weather exposure it is subjected to. I built this site to share my journey, including the mistakes I made and the things that I learned along the way. If you are considering replacing your home's roof, I hope that the information here can help to guide you through the process.