Charlotte Roofing: Article About Fall Maintenance Tips
Fall is an excellent time to prepare your home for the coming cold. Charlotte roofing professionals agree that winter in the area brings heavy snow loads, icy winds and frigid temperatures, all of which put tremendous amounts of stress on roofing systems. During repeated cycles of ice melt and snow, water can seep into tiny cracks in the roof and refreeze, thus expanding the cracks and increasing the likelihood that leaks and roof damage will result. The best way to protect against winter weather is to ensure that your home is prepared before the first snowflake falls.
During a routine fall maintenance inspection, an experienced roofing professional will look for specific issues and assess the roof's overall condition. Depending on the roofing material, he or she will be on the lookout for seam gaps, shrinkage, blistering, loss of membrane integrity, coating deterioration, debris buildup, and missing or shifted ballast. In addition, roof staining could be indicative of ponding water, which increases the chance of roof failure and leaks. Careful inspection of surrounding elements like telephone poles or large trees branches that could break off and cause damage to the roof during harsh winter winds. If it appears that the branches or other obstacles could pose a danger to the roof or home, it is typically easier to deal with removing or rectifying the situation before the weather becomes too cold.
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It is also important to winterize the roof by making sure that all downspouts, gutters, scuppers and drains are clear and that the debris is cleaned and removed from the roof. In addition to sealing any seam gaps, cracks, blisters or punctures found during the inspection, you will also need to replace or secure roof-wall tie-ins, penetrations and roof flashing sheets you notice are loose. Keep in mind that you might need to make additional repairs depending on the specific design of the roof as well as the potential for heavy snow loads, ice buildup and severe winter storms.
Keep in mind that if you have a lot of damage, it might be in your best interest to simply replace the entire roof before winter. While you can replace shingles if you notice any crackling, buckling or curling, if you are facing a substantial amount of repairs, many homeowners agree that it's better to play it safe and install a new roof instead. Based on a combination of an inspection report and your own observations, you can make an informed decision about the next steps to take regarding your roofing.