Winter Readiness

 

Standing on the deck, grilling burgers in flip flops and a T-shirt, the sweat rolls off your favorite cold summer drink. Kids are playing in the yard and the neighbor is mowing his lawn. Ahhh, the good life.

 

Fast forward several months and the grill is in the garage, the kids are in school, and the neighbor is trying to get his snow blower started. Life moves fast. Seasons seem to change with a blur. So how can you prepare now to make sure there are no issues with your roof and gutters as mother nature shifts her perennial gears?

Gutters are a yearly concern as fall collects all of its discarded leaves, sticks and other debris on your roof, and it seems most of it makes it way to your gutter system. Leaves and sticks can hinder the flow of water through your gutter system, cause freezing that won’t allow other melting precipitation to make its way to the ground. Its’ always best get your gutters and downspouts cleaned out before the ice forms around the obstacles and does a number on your gutters and allows ice to form at the eave of your roof, which can build back up the roof, causing water damage beyond the inside of the warm wall portion of the roof’s overhang.;/

Another place of concern is in the valleys of your roof. They are known to grab on to debris like strips of Velcro and not let go. Not only is this unsightly, but once again can cause water flow issues and potentially spring a leak in an under protected valley. While you, or a hired professional is up there cleaning valleys, spend some time inspecting the potential “weak points” in your roof system. Check pipe boots for cracks in the rubber ring around the pipe, look at vents for signs of cracks or holes from the summer’s thunderstorms, and inspect the areas where there is metal flashing at the roof to wall intersections. Little things like this can save you lots of money in the long run.

One last thing to consider, and it’s actually a very important one, is if your roof’s ventilation and insulation system is designed and working properly. Without getting in to too many details, your attic doesn’t like heat loss from the living area or build up of water vapor from below. If these two things are not kept in check, it can be detrimental to the plywood sheathing under your shingles, can actually cause water spots or leakage in the interior of the home, or lead to ice damming that could melt and send unwanted water down the walls of your home. Consult your roofing professional to make sure your insulation looks good, is sufficient to stop heat loss, and also that the ventilation system is functioning properly and carrying out any heat or moisture in your attic space. And when it comes around to grilling season again, you can do it with a confident smile that you are protected from the best mother nature has to throw at you.

Don't let Winter catch you unprepared!

Let Westridge Construction help get you ready