No matter if you’re entertaining guests for the holidays or looking through the window as another snowfall blankets the Rochester landscape, you expect your home to provide a warm shelter against the elements. As your house sustains a constant barrage of wind, snow, and ice, you may notice that you need roof and gutters repairs. With more than 30 years of roof repair experience, we’ve seen the toll Mother Nature can take on a building’s exterior.
Here are a few tips to help you during another Upstate New York winter.
Prepare Your Building
While there’s no way to prevent all damage to your roof during winter, you can take some preparative steps to minimize the impact:
- Thoroughly clean your gutters to keep ice dams from forming.
- Check your insulation to prevent snow from melting on your roof.
- Remove debris from the roof’s surface.
- Look for any obvious existing damage that could turn into a bigger problem.
It’s certainly possible to accomplish some of these tasks on your own, but always be careful when heading up onto ladders and roofs. Your best bet for true preparation is to call a licensed roofing contractor to perform a thorough inspection.
Common Roofing Repair Needs
Even the most prepared homes can still have issues that require roof repairs, which is why you should keep an eye on a few typical problem areas. Gutters are one of the most common complications during winter, as they can clog and freeze. If you see massive icicles hanging from your eaves, you probably have an ice dam created by clogs. When it starts to melt, it will pool water against your foundation, which could lead to basement flooding, mold, and mildew.
Skylights also present a unique situation, as temperature differences between inside and outside cause condensation to form. While your skylight has a “weep hole” to help dissipate the buildup, ice and snow could block it and force that moisture to leak back into your home. To keep this from happening, use a broom or blower to keep your skylight’s surface clear.
Repair Damage Quickly
Water is a relentless force that can quickly damage your home if roof repairs aren’t scheduled promptly. Keep an eye out for blistering paint, leaks from the ceiling, and wet carpets, as these are evidence you might need roof repair already.
No matter if you need roof repairs right away or you want to have a licensed inspector point out potential problems for the future, contact Exceptional Exteriors online or on the phone at 585-284-2800 today for a free evaluation and quote.