The Expert’s Roofer Winter Checklist
Now that the dog days of summer are over and winter is near, it is a good time to make sure that your Mesa roof is in top winter shape. Monsoon rains and summer storms may have caused damage to your roof and if they are not fixed before the winter rains are coming, your home will not be as cozy for the holidays as it could be. Here are some things to check your roof for before the Mesa winter settles in:
Gutters drain rainwater away from your roof and the building structure ensuring that the foundation stays strong, that the ground won’t be washed away and that guests won’t have to deal with rain dripping of the sides of your roof on their heads and down their collars. For gutters to function properly you need to have them cleaned regularly. Clogged gutters can cause water to back up into the roof, under the Mesa shingles or Mesa tiles and cause water damage and leaks underneath. If you want to clean the gutters yourself make sure you follow safety procedures and have a sturdy ladder. But you can also hire a professional gutter cleaning company or ask your local Mesa roofer if he can do it for you.
Cut Back Trees
Now that your gutters are clean, clear and ready to go, you want to make sure that they won’t clog again immediately from overhanging trees and branches that are losing their leaves in fall and winter. Cutting back branches ensures that your gutters stay functional longer. Additionally, you significantly reduce the potential of roof damage. During a storm or rainstorm branches can break and fall on your roof and end up damaging it, but if you tree doesn’t reach unto your roof, this risk is almost non-existent.
Depending on what kind of roof you have the damage might look different. While missing roof tiles and shingles are easy to spot, you might not be so sure what to look for on your flat or built up roof.
Hot asphalt roofs can show signs of cracking and alligatoring much as your asphalt driveway would while flat foam roofs often suffer from blistering and hail damage. To make sure that your flat roof will get you through the winter safely, contact your local Mesa roofer.
Check for Signs of Aging
Check for signs of aging and weathering such as rusty flashings, cracking wood, or broken tiles and buckling shingles all of which can be indicators that your roof has gotten too old and needs to be replaced. Also check caulking on flashing and seals around skylights and the chimney.
Check for Leaks
Check for signs of leaks inside and outside your home such as damp, dark spots on walls and ceilings, musty smells or condensation on windows. Leaks are not only expensive but can cause mold and mildew, which are not only unsightly but also unhealthy.
Nothing will keep your roof happier and safer than having it regularly inspected by your trusted roofing professional. This way problems can be detected as early as possible and be taken care of before they turn into large and costly projects.
Express Roofing in Mesa Arizona has been providing top notch roofing services to Arizona and surrounding communities for many years. If you are in need of a roofing professional to get your roof winter fit, call us today.