Act Now To Get Your Roof Ready For Winter

Winter Roof Preparation – Here are some helpful tips to get your roof ready for the winter. If you would like to have us do it check out our Roof-Aid program or give us a call 615-794-9111

  • Check all gutters and make sure they’re clean. You may want to consider a gutter guard or leaf covers. This will help keep ice from building up inside the gutter. The extra weight can tear them down.
  • Make sure your gutters are securely fastened.
  • If you have a flat roof with roof drains, make sure the drains are functioning.
  • Check the mortar and brick on your chimneys and make any necessary repairs.
  • Check all flashings. Flashings are the metal pieces used to waterproof interruptions in the roof plane such as pipes, chimneys, skylights, etc. If you suspect a deficiency and are unsure about how to fix it, call a roofing contractor. Snow leaks can wreak havoc on a house’s interior during the winter – spending a nickel now and save a dime later, as the adage says.
  • Check all areas of caulking. Touch up any suspected deficiencies.
  • Don’t use a snow-blower on your roof. Snow blowers are dangerous and can also tear up the roof.
  • If you get up on the roof to remove snow with a shovel or similar tool, be careful that you don’t damage the roofing materials.
  • NEVER use an ice pick to remove ice build up.
  • Yes, heat tape works but be careful and buy a high quality product. Heat tapes have been known to catch fire and burn down houses. Also be careful about how you install it. You don’t want to poke a bunch of holes in your roof.

Although some roof systems take less maintenance than others, all roof systems should be checked periodically to be sure that they are free of debris and drains are clear.   Antebellum Roofworks recommends that you inspect your roof twice a year. Once in the spring after the winter season and once in the fall after the summer season.

Preventative Maintenance:
The best preventative maintenance that one can do is to perform semi-annual inspections to identify and solve problems as they occur. Roofs get more abuse from the elements than any other part of the building, and preventative maintenance is a key element to saving money on your roof by providing a longer service life. This section will provide some general guidelines to help keep your roof in good working condition for as long as possible.

Preventative Maintenance for Residential Asphalt Shingle Roof Systems:

  • Clean all debris from the surface of the roof. This includes debris that has gathered behind HVAC units, pipes and pitch pans, and any other roof penetrations. Debris has a tendency to hold water, and water will expedite roof deterioration, especially if your roof is asphalt based such as a built-up roof or asphalt shingles.
  • If your roof is starting to collect moss or algae, install some zinc or lead control strips.
  • Check all flashings and make sure that they are not deteriorated and there are no holes in them.
  • Keep algae off of the roof surface. Install zinc control strips along the hips and ridges if necessary.
  • Dab some roof cement under any loose shingle tabs. One dab on either side should do.
  • Replace any damaged shingles.
  • Keep all gutter free of debris. Make sure that the downspouts are draining properly by water testing them.
  • Trim back any overhanging tree branches.
  • Check the open valley metal for rust. Wire brush the rust then prime and paint the metal. If rust is prevalent, it can be removed using Rust-Away® Oxidation and Corrosion Remover. Manufactured by Hocking International, 2121 Hoover Ave., National City, CA 91950. Ph: 619/474-8457 Fax: 619/477-5630. It works very well. Paint the valley with Rustoleum® or similar product afterward.
  • Check all caulking and sealants. Scrape and remove any caulking that is weather cracked and damaged. Clean the area thoroughly. Use a wire brush if necessary. Reapply a polyurethane caulking such Vulkem, NP-1, or equivalent.
  • Check the mortar on chimneys and parapet walls, both in between the brick and on top. If it’s damaged or deteriorated, have it tuck-pointed.

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