With the chilly days and frosty nights coming soon, it’s the perfect time for homeowners to perform their annual house repairs. Despite the importance of having a solid roofing experience throughout the year, the need for a stable roof during winter is just as important as any other time of the year.
By keeping the cold at bay, a well-protected roof can keep you sheltered from the cold outside, offering a warm and comfortable home environment. Moreover, we all know how Christmas is the most important holiday of the year, and nobody wants to ruin their Christmas by having unexpected roof maintenance.
If you have a leak that starts out as a small pool of water, it can quickly spread to cause widespread, severe damage that not only would disrupt the smooth functioning of your house but also would be catastrophic for the health of your family and items you want to save. Leaving a problem too long will likely result in more expensive repairs, and a total roof replacement and interior repairs may become necessary.
This is why it is imperative to perform routine maintenance and annual roof inspections, particularly before the worst weather of the year begins. The insurance companies may refuse to cover claims for neglected and poorly maintained roofs.
Neglect may also affect the manufacturer’s warranty, which, in some cases, may not apply. This is an expensive problem that occurs only after a claim is filed, especially for commercial buildings.
A roof specialist should always examine commercial roofing since untrained eyes might miss certain issues.
Experienced roofing installers will be able to find any faults in your roof’s layout and suggest repairs before they lead to moisture damage. A regular roof inspection will also help you determine what small repairs are necessary to keep your roof protected from worse weather conditions.
When evaluating the materials used to construct your roof, roofing contractors weigh its age, last replacement, and how badly the roofing materials are in condition.
As advised by the National Roofing Contractors Association, you should have your roof inspected twice a year. Having your roof inspected twice per year will give you the ability to catch and prevent any serious issues before they cause major problems.
If, however, there is a major weather event or if you notice some significant damage to your roof, then it is important to get roof repairs done as soon as possible.
We’ve compiled 10 reasons you should have your roof inspected before winter arrives:
Although you may not think it, summer storms and heavy rain can negatively affect your roof. It is a good idea to have your roof inspected before winter sets in so you can determine what damage might have occurred and find a roofing solution.
Seeing is believing? The weathering, aging, debris, or vegetation growth on your roof may be causing immediate damage. A roof inspection may reveal problems that you were unaware of.
Your inspection will uncover any hidden problems (or not-so-hidden ones!) so you can take action before they become worse. In a roofing project, problems that go undiscovered are likely to get worse the longer they remain undetected.
By conducting an inspection, you can determine if there are any steps you can take to prevent further damage over the winter. Having an expert inspect your shingles can tell you whether they are loose or missing or show other signs of damage. Be proactive so you can prolong the life of your roof and prevent new roof repairs.
Routine maintenance is considerably less expensive than emergency repairs and total commercial roof replacements. You can avoid spending your hard-earned dollars on things that do not matter by taking preventative steps to protect your roof. You could even save up for a vacation in the sun this winter!
During the fall, the weather offers the best conditions for roof repairs. The best time to install roofing is on a clear day when the temperature is above 45-50 degrees. The cold weather can cause shingles to become brittle and hard to work with, which can be difficult for your roofer. So, if there are repair needs, it’s best to have an inspection done before the mercury drops.
To create an airtight, moisture-resistant barrier before winter, it is imperative to seal the shingles. Likewise, sealing your roof eliminates the chance of your roof membrane or shingles blowing away in the wind.
A timely roof inspection will help you save money on heating costs and enjoy a well-insulated house. Winter is a good time to repair your roof as any repairs will be offset by the savings you make and your roof will be more energy efficient.
During the winter months, it can be hard to deal with the cold without having to worry about the roof leaking. Avoid any issues during the cold season by addressing them quickly with a quick roof inspection.
You certainly don’t want to worry about roof repairs in the middle of winter. After all, you want to relax and enjoy the holidays. It’s a great time to plan family trips or other winter activities. You don’t have to worry about anything. Get your roof checked out early to ensure it is in good condition for the coming season.
Winter may seem dreadful with all the cold weather and chilly winds it brings. Think about what a roof inspection can do for your home before you throw in the towel this season.
Before preparing your roof for winter weather, you should have it professionally inspected by commercial roofing companies. It will be easier to determine if you need to perform any roof repairs before the heavy snowfall. A thorough inspection will also keep leaks from occurring during these months, which would cause damage to your home on the inside and out.
Trevor is an ex-firefighter / paramedic for the city of Keller for eight years and also has a 10- year background in the construction and restoration industry.
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