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Winter Can Cause Problems for Your Home’s Roof

Every winter, your home’s roof will be bombarded by snow, ice, wind, and constant thaw-freeze conditions. All of this can result in hidden but sever damage to your roof. This means that when spring comes your roof could leak because heavy rains. If you do not get a check up on your roof and get the recommended repairs you could end up spending thousands of dollars more to repair other parts of your home due to water damage.

Older roofs are more vulnerable and require more checks and repairs. This is because your shingles have been at the mercy of mother nature. Even if you still have years left on your warranty, you may need to get repairs done to get the most of your roof. Often times repairs are mandatory.

Most repairs will focus on repairing loose shingles or replacing missing shingles that have resulted from the harsh winter winds. Shingles will become brittle in cold weather which can result in breakage when hit by high winds. Flashing repairs need to be also because caulk and exposed nails will dry out and fall apart over time. If these repairs are not done, water can easily get through and create a large leak in your roof. The worst areas for this is around skylights, chimneys, and places where shingles butt up to walls. You will want to get these areas looked at before the rainy spring months.

A checkup for your roof will general cost between $200 and $500. It is a good idea to research and hire a respectable company or contractor that can provide you with references. There references should be recent and you will want to contact them to make sure they are legit. Most of the time if the checkup leads to repairs, the company will not charge you for the checkup. Be sure to ask in advance of the checkup so you are not hit with unexpected costs.

Be sure that the company looks at your home’s attic when they are doing the checkup. From the underside they will be able to determine what areas of your roof are having problems. Everything shows in the attic whether it is stains or rust from nails coming through, or wet insulation from leaks. This is an accurate method to determining if you need repairs.

Your roofs eave troughs will also need looked at when your spring tune up is being performed. Plugged drainage has the potential to result in water collection in the eaves. If water collects and freezes it will expand and result in bends and movement in the eave troughs.

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