Check Your Roof NOW Before the Snow Flies….October 8th, 2015
With the warm weather that many areas of the US are experiencing this fall season, it’s a perfect time to complete a few more projects on your home and be prepared for winter.
Start at the top by checking your roof for any leaks, breakages or deformations. It’s hard to believe that winter is just around the corner, but soon enough the snow will begin to pile up and rain will beat down on our houses. Don’t get caught off guard!
Checking Your Roof
It’s a good idea to check your roof two times a year to repair the natural wear and tear that weather brings. When looking for damage, you’ll want to look for different things depending on the type of roof you have. For example if you have an asphalt roof, you’ll want to check the gutters for buildup of granules indicating that the tiles are wearing down. If you have wooden shingles check to see if they’re warping or rotting. Be sure to use proper safety equipment while performing this inspection.
Be sure to check flashings where pipes come through the roof to be sure they are in good shape. Valleys, hips and roof-to-wall junctions also have flashings that should be checked. These are common locations for leaks and relatively inexpensive and easy to fix.
What is Flashing?
Flashing is a metal material installed on your roof that prevents water from leaking into your house. It is typically applied around the chimney, pipes, skylights and junctions where the sidewalls of the house meet the roof. TRA Sun and Snow provides a variety of copper and aluminum flashing that are congruent with all sorts of roof types—asphalt shingles, cedar shingles, corrugated metal, flat seam metal, metal panel, simulated slate, slate, standing seam metal, tile roofs and wood shakers. TRA has the very best option on the market for tile roof ventilation and flashing.
Why You Need Good Flashing
The purpose of flashing is to help water properly run off of your roof to avoid any chances of seepage into your house. With flashing you can avoid problems associated with water damage like mold and structural damage. Put away those buckets you use to catch water from a leaking roof! Appropriate flashing will keep your home dry and safe even when the winter rain and snow beats down on your home.
While the weather is still relatively warm, check your roof to make sure it is ready to withstand the coming winter storms. Your roof is what protects you and your family from wet and snowy weather, so it’ll be worth the look. Use our flashings to make sure your roof is water tight.