Your roof is what protects your home and its inhabitants from the elements. The question is: have you or a qualified Katy, TX roofing professional inspected your roof lately? As the weather grows colder, ensuring that your roof is ready for the season becomes ever more important. Here are the questions you need to ask when assessing your roof’s readiness for the upcoming winter:
Are asphalt shingles curled, cracked, or missing?
“Typical asphalt shingles are derived from petroleum and other chemical products and are designed to last up to 30 years, but may need replacing somewhere between 15 and 30 years of age,” according to an article on Wini.com. “Many roofing professionals suggest checking this type of roofing in spring and fall and making spot replacements of damaged shingles.”
Do you have leaks in the attic?
Inspect your attic for moisture. If you see water stains or mold, or if the air feels moist, that may be a sign that you have a roof leak. “If the stains or water appear below chimneys or near attic windows, it may mean flashing is the culprit,” Wini.com warns.
Do the protective granules of the roof shingles wash off easily?
Shingle granules on the gutters are a clear sign of serious wear and tear. If you find a significant amount of shingle granules in your gutters, this may indicate that the shingles are near the end of their lifespan. If so, have them replaced immediately by a qualified roofing professional.
Are there any tree branches touching your home?
“Be sure to trim back tall trees or protruding branches at least annually to protect the roof not just from a limb’s unexpected fall, but also from leaves and debris that can pile up in gutters,” advises Wini.com. Ensure that branches are at least 10 feet away from your roof to keep it safe during windy winter weather. An added benefit of keeping tree branches away is that it prevents squirrels and other rodents from accessing your roof.
No roofing material is impervious to the harsh winter elements. Whether it’s just a few damaged shingles or a basic leak, you should never wait too long to have a roof problem fixed, because doing so may lead to more serious and costly repairs in the long run. For your roofing needs, a trusted Katy roofing company like Summit Roofing & Restoration is your best bet.
(Article Excerpt and Image from Roofing #101: Is Your Roof Prepared to Pass the Test of Winter Weather?, WIN Home Inspection)