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|Winter Woes: Flashing and Ice Cycles
Protect Your Home:
Flashing is a piece of sheet metal applied over joints in the roof to prevent water damage. Flashing is commonly comprised of aluminum or galvanized steel. Flashing locations can vary by roof, but common locations are around the chimney, skylights, roof wall protrusions or dormer windows. If water is able to penetrate the flashing in any manner, it can disintegrate due to weathering or oxidation and further allowing water to seep through the valleys in your roof.
Roof Doctor recommends having a professional inspect your roof flashing on a bi-annual basis. If flashing is found missing, or deteriorating, the flashing should be replaced as soon as possible. Fixing flashing is much more affordable than waiting until it’s too late and having to pay for the damage the water has caused.
Ice is Not Nice; Here's Some Advice:
Because we have many winter days where temperatures hover around freezing or below freezing, icicles are also a common roofing problem in the midwest region. The sun melts the snow on the hot roof, causing it to drip over the eaves, where it then becomes cold enough to freeze into beautiful, but dangerous, icicles.
Icicles are hazardous in two ways—first, they can break and fall onto people, pets, and cars. Second, their heavy weight can cause major gutter and roofing damage. You can prevent gutter damage by cleaning your gutters in the fall, so that a build-up of heavy, frozen leaves do not cause your gutters to tear off. Roof Doctor, Inc. offers affordable gutter cleaning plans to keep your gutters free of debris. Another way to prevent icicles is by sweeping snow off your roof and out of your gutters and downspouts after snowstorms.
It is very dangerous to go up on the roof during the winter, so call the professionals at Roof Doctor, Inc. to do it for you. If you have recurring problems with icicles, an expert roofer at Roof Doctor, Inc. will be happy to evaluate your house and find a solution. We can repair broken or torn gutters and install gutter covers to prevent future problems. Call Steve today to schedule your peace of mind and protect your investment!
Whatever your roof concern is, we can help you!
30 years, Roof Doctor, Inc. has been taking tons of calls in the dead of winter
which are related to the four issues below.
Many times weather conditions have to subside before the repair can
actually take place and damage can double, triple, or worse. For these issues, and all other roof
concerns, call us for QUALITY repairs and workmanship.
1. Gutters & downspouts should be
cleared free of debris so they are able to maintain a contstant drain when there is rain, sleet,
2. Never let your gutters freeze solid
with ice and debris. This puts a
tremendous amount of pressure on the gutter system and can pull it away from
your house, damaging the gutters permanently.
The fascia and roof can be compromised if your gutters pull away and the
house and ceiling juncture can be compromised, letter water leak in.
3. Down spouts filled with debris that
have also frozen can start thawing at the gutter juncture, causing rot to the
fascia, rotting soffit, and leaks into your house.
4. You will want to have your roof thoroughly
checked for open voids under eves and soffits.
Critters such as raccoons, opossums, squirrels, snakes and birds
absolutely take advantage of these areas and many, many times make these attic
entrances even larger to live in your attic ALL winter long where the warm environment
is excellent shelter from the winter variables.
These entrances also become prime areas for rain, snow, and sleet to
blow in and cause a leak on your interior home ceiling. Have these areas properly blocked off with
custom cut metal exterior patches.
The cool, crisp air and colorful falling leaves are a sure sign that the Fall season has arrived. It’s also a reminder to check for short and long term roof maintenance needs.
What can you do now to prepare for what’s coming (winter) so that your roof is at its best?
First of all, take a climb up onto your roof to get a birds-eye view and assess what might be needed. Use your binoculars if you can’t do the climb. Check around the chimney and look for cracks or splits. Check the stacks, vents, expansion joints, walls and perimeters. Maybe the whirlybirds need tightening.
Trees can be a menace to your roof if overhanging limbs are rubbing against your shingles. Make sure there are no limbs touching your roof. You will want to look for loose shingles, as well as any sign of critters (squirrels, raccoons, possums and such). If you see any sign of ‘scat’, spray a critter repellant on the roof to ward off any would-be winter visitors vying for a way into the attic.
Check under your patio and carport to be sure there are no leaks, which could indicate a bigger problem. And of course, that includes checking inside the house in case there are any water stains on or near the ceiling.
Spring and Summer debris has likely accumulated on your roof and in roof pan areas, behind skylights, chimneys, soffits, and in valleys. The big concern with debris is it decays the roof by staying damp. Debris will also divert water to unwanted areas and can dam up rain, and in many cases can penatrate your flashings. This causes the decking to rot and black mold to grow. Further, damage to your ceilings and interior of the home is now a big concern. Last, but by all means not least, clean those gutters! Of course, that really should be a year-round task, but definitely a ‘must-do’ for the autumn months.
If you are not comfortable getting on your roof or unsure of what to look for, call us today for an inspection. Debris is minor trouble to remedy and well will profide you with an exact condition of your roof and all gutters, downspouts, and penetrations. We are set to protect your investment. I hope this helps, folks! Thank you, Steve / Roof Doctor, Inc.