Will Your Roof Survive the Winter?

From on September 18, 2007 in Roofing

winter roof

We’ve all heard the one about the guy who doesn’t think of having his roof fixed when it’s sunny outside, only to realize that it leaks when it’s rainy, or snowing and cold. Winter months and rainy seasons can be hard on your roof, which provides protection against the elements. It’s always a good idea to fix your roof during those clearer, warmer months.

Have your roofing contractor check any active leaks, the field membrane, penetration and field flashings, roof related sheet metal and drainage system. The most common sources of leaks are the flashing around the chimney and vents, worn out shingles, and condensation from bad attic ventilation. It’s also a good idea to check ductwork, door seals, open joints in walls, skylights and penetrations through walls.

Signs that your roofing needs repair include ceiling spots; blistered, buckled, curled or missing shingles; cracked flashing, granules in the gutter, peeling paint or wallpaper, and excessive energy bills.

If you have problems with your roof, you should seriously consider utilizing the services of a professional roofing contractor. Many people don’t hire the best contractors, resulting in bad roofing being one of the top complaints to the Better Business Bureau.

There are a number of other issues that could impact the condition of your roof or the costs you would incur for heating during the winter. First, you don’t know what kind of winter to expect. It could be a bad one, or a not so bad one. Energy prices fluctuate, but usually go up in the winter months. You might want to replace your furnace with one that is rated high for energy efficiency to minimize energy prices for the long haul.

Don’t forget to weatherstrip drafty windows, or use plastic covers that “shrink” to your windows with a hairdryer. Naturally, you should also have broken or cracked windows replaced and make sure that the rubber seals around windows are intact.

If you make sure to check all these items before the rainy, winter season sets in, you will safe yourself many problems and money because it’s usually more expensive to hire a contractor in the winter months when outdoor work is more difficult.