Let’s face it, fall is just around the corner. As the weather starts to get cooler, people automatically start to think about what needs to be done to prepare for the winter. Part of preparing your home for the winter is ensuring your roof is ready for the onslaught of snow. Without a solid roof, you could find yourself in trouble as the weather starts to worsen. At Nickerson Roofing, we are here to share some tips to help keep your home safe from water damage this winter and ensure your roof is ready.
Check all Flashing & Vents for Leaks
No one wants to find themselves facing water damage in their home when severe weather hits. Keeping a close eye on your roof for any signs of leaking is the only sure way to avoid it. Possible areas that are of concern will likely show signs of water damage. If you ever see water spots on your roof, this is indicative of a problem. Common areas that have issues with leaking on your roof are any areas with missing shingles, poorly sealed flashing and the vents that lead to your attic.
Don’t Hesitate to Fix Roof Leaks
During a routine, personal inspection of your roof, if you happen to see an area that looks questionable, don’t hesitate to fix it. If leaks aren’t taken care of, you could be facing mold issues and rotten insulation. You will be much better off acting on possible warning signs rather than waiting until the problem is much bigger. It is also important to remember that sometimes it is better to pay a professional to help you repair your roof. When you climb on your roof and attempt to repair it without the proper training and experience, you could be putting yourself at risk of injury which isn’t worth saving a little money. Leave it up to the professionals that know what they are doing.
Clean Gutters & Downspouts
During the summer and fall months, your gutters and downspouts have likely accumulated a great deal of leaf litter. Without the ability to freely flow in your gutters and downspouts, water can buildup and cause damage to your roof. You want to make sure you have no clogs in your gutters or downspouts and that the water is being drained 3-4 feet away from your foundation to avoid costly foundation issues.
Schedule a Professional Roof Inspection
You have heard the old adage that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure? It is very true when it comes to your roof. Having the roofing experts at Nickerson Roofing give your roof a thorough inspection to ensure there are no possible problems before heading into winter will keep your home safe from water damage no matter how much snow falls this year. Sometimes it is better to have the help of a trained eye to spot problems more easily and save you the headache of larger repairs down the road. Call us today!