If you like many others didn’t remember to winterize your roof until now, you are not alone. It is not too late and there are some things you can do to make sure your roof lasts through the rest of this winter.
Take a look at your roof and gutters (or have someone that is able) Look for damage like missing roofing and lifted shingles. Look around and make sure all of your gutters are cleaned out. If you have skylights and vents, make sure they are from any debris. If debris gets caught around vents and skylights it will allow water to stay in that area and can cause leaking. – especially after a windstorm, snowstorm or particularly cold streak.
Gutters are so important and help in keeping your roof dry and clear during the wet winter months. Gutters can be repaired and installed during winter just as long it is not raining the day they are installed. Keep your gutters clear in the winter to maintain an effective drainage system for your home.
Many types of roofs, including metal, wood and shingled, can be replaced regardless of the season. Flat roofs, especially those made of rubber, however, have to wait until spring. The reason for this is the adhesives used in flat roofing are temperature-dependent. A roof laid during a streak of sub-40-degree weather will not be laid correctly due to problems with the adhesive.
Finally, address leakage coming from condensation to prevent moisture from coming into your home even during the dry, cold snap of winter. Inadequate ventilation in your attic or uppermost floor of your home combined with normal household duties like running the clothes dryer or shower can create condensation that gets caught in the skylight frame. To prevent this problem, install a ventilation system in your attic or on the roof—or run a dehumidifier to dry the air.
As always, The Original Mr. Fix It is here to help you! We hope this helps in the battle with water and cold temperatures. Until next time, Lets Fix It!
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