Fall is a magical and unpredictable season in the lower Cape Fear. and it’s the time of year when we should button up our homes as well as our jackets. Between now and the onset of winter cold, there are four things you can do to prepare your roof for bad weather.
CLEAN THE GUTTERS
When leaves and debris collect in your gutter system, eventually, it will create a clog in the downspouts. Rainwater will overflow the gutters, damaging your roof, trim, and siding. The added weight of the wet leaves and water could also cause your gutters to tug loose from the anchor point or collapse.
To prevent these problems and unforeseen repair costs, make sure to keep your gutters relatively clear through the fall. And, once the trees around your home are bare, do a radical cleaning. You can also get out ahead of the fall season and have gutter screens or guards installed to prevent the collection of debris in the first place. We recommend Master Shield gutter protection system.
CLEAR OFF DEBRIS
It’s important to get rid of leaves, pine needles, and other debris from the surface of your roof also as your gutters. Even small bits of debris will hold moisture and possibly rot or mold, which can break down your building material.
If you’re confident and experienced in walking on your roof, rise up there and broom or detach the debris that has collected on your roof, paying special attention to the valleys, which are most susceptible to water damage. Make sure they are free and clear of debris so as to allow water to flow.
As part of our roof evaluation and maintenance services, we also treat roofs for moss, which is certainly not a bad idea in our moist climate.
CHECK FOR DAMAGES AND DETERIORATION
With a clean roof, scan the surface for missing shingles or ones that have cracked curled, or frayed edges. You can use binoculars to inspect from the ground or climb up to the roof to have a look.
Also check for damaged flashing around vent stacks, chimneys, and skylights. These areas are the usual suspects when you have a leak. Repairing flashing yourself might not always provide the results you expect, so give us a call and we’ll confirm everything is sealed properly before the rain hits.
ATTIC INSULATION AND VENTILATION
Without adequate airflow in your attic, you’ll be watching higher-than-necessary energy bills and roof leaks emerging during a snowstorm. During the day, sunlight hits your roof and heats up the air in your attic. Without vents located at the soffits, ridges, and/or gables of your roof, the air condensates, causing moisture damage and possible mold or rot in your roof’s supports.
This heat also can cause ice dams in higher elevations, inviting leaks when snow accumulates on your roof.
Additionally, when that hot air has nowhere else to go, it will seep into and overheat your living space, asking you to use your AC more than you have to. This is one of the reasons why insulation is so critical to an energy-efficient home.
To evaluate your attic insulation and ventilation, you’ll hire an energy auditor or weatherization contractor to try to do an inspection and make modifications.
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