The deal is concluded, the keys change hands, and you are finally the owner of your own home. But now you are left with a whole new set of problems: the maintenance and repairs of your home. Essentially, you’ve spent all that money on the perfect house and you want to make sure your investment is protected.
But, whether you are a new owner or have been for years, it never hurts to know if your roof is in good condition. Leaks in the roof can cause significant problems for the structure of your home, and if your gutters are not in good condition, then the water flowing along the walls of the house can weaken your foundations and pose other problems. Here we will discuss some ways to make sure your home can survive the climate!
What you need to check on your roof first are shingles. Most roof areas are not visible from the ground, so it is crucial to climb the roof and look at how the shingles are spread. Shingles are sensitive to strong winds because they are light and they overlap each other: in the long run, the wind finds a way to rush and damage them. If shingles are twisted, it is clear that your roof requires some repairs, so it is best to ask a roofing contractor to examine it. Keep in mind that if your roof is relatively new, the problem may come from the installation.
If you have noticed missing shingles or broken tiles, you need to have your roof repaired immediately to avoid the major problems caused by roof leaks. Winds are still often the cause, although damage to the roof can also contribute (tree limbs that hit the roof during a violent storm, for example). The wind pressure depends on the shape of the roof, but also on the geographical position and surrounding buildings. Again, this may also be a problem with the installation, but whatever the cause of the missing tiles or shingles, it is important to take care of them as soon as possible.
The accumulation of ice
Ice blockages, when the snow melts on a warm area of the roof and flows over a colder area, freezing again and accumulating, can ruin the roof and shingles as much as the wind, if not anymore. Meltwater from ice can accumulate and seep through the roof, damaging internal structures, roof insulation and paint on interior and exterior walls. The accumulation of ice can be avoided in a number of ways: make sure that the roof is cold as a whole and that no hot spots are found by checking the attic insulation is the most important point, but you can also install a roof heating to make sure the snow melts immediately and the ice does not have time to accumulate.
If it is too late to prevent ice blockages, you can always call a professional to remove ice packs or you can take care of it directly. Use a roof rake to clear snow and ice from your roof immediately after a storm; do not forget to pull the snow in the direction of the slope of the roof to avoid damaging the shingles. When you find an ice block, cut it to form a channel through which water can pass. You can also fill a sock with salt or de-icing crystals and place it perpendicular to your roof so that a gutter is created in the ice by melting so that the melted snow flows through it. In addition, be sure to remove as much ice from your gutters as possible.
Pay attention to the gutter
Speaking of gutters, it is also important to make sure they are clear. Gutters allow rainwater to get off the roof without running down the walls of your home, and are easily clogged with leaves, twigs and other debris. Frequent and early season inspection of your gutters can help prevent buildup and avoid major and costly repairs.
Make sure you check that your shingles are not damaged or bent, inspect your roof to prevent ice blockages and protect your gutters properly so that your dream home stays protected for a long time!