Winter is finally over in the Twin City area (maybe), and it is time to check your roof for damage from wind, snow, ice and snowmelt.
Roof & Attic Inspection
Many homeowners don’t consider how much damage the constant melt of snow and reforming as ice on their roof can damage shingles, flashing and caulking. During the day, while the sun is shining, the snow melts, then at night, when the temperatures drop, ice forms.
That ice often pushes up under the shingles or other roofing material and loosens the fasteners, caulking, and flashing that protects your home from the elements. So, there could be snowmelt puddling in your attic right now that you haven’t noticed.
The danger of moisture in your attic is that some of it evaporates, then mold and mildew form, and the evaporation damages the wooden roof supports. The insulation will catch most of the snowmelt and rainwater to keep it from coming down into your home.
However, the mold and mildew forming could be a hazard to your family’s respiratory systems, which have already been compromised during the last two years.
The professional roofing technicians at Roof-To-Deck can do a comprehensive inspection of your roof and attic to ensure the flashing and caulking are in place to keep moisture out, the attic is adequately ventilated, and none of the roofing material fasteners have backed out.
Clean the Gutters & Downspouts
Whether you cleaned your gutters and downspouts in the fall before the snow and ice, you should consider at least checking them this spring—especially if trees are hanging over the roof. You might want to get those cut back as well.
After the gutters and downspouts are cleaned, consider adding “gutter guards” that flip up to keep debris, leaves and twigs out of the gutters to give you better peace of mind.
These can be costly to install, but you won’t need to get your gutters cleaned again as long as you have them. That could be cost-effective over the long haul. Plastic screens cost about 40 cents to $1.00 per linear foot, and micro-mesh can be $2.00 to $4.00 per linear foot. Ask the professional installers at Roof-to-Deck for a free estimate.