Preparing Your Roof for Extra Precipitation in Winter
With winter bearing down, it is time to take a few precautions to ensure that your home is ready for the colder, wetter winter that Los Angeles often has. Not only does this entail covering outside faucets with protective covers, but conducting roof maintenance to prevent leaks and possible damage. The roof not only keeps the weather out of your home, but it helps provide the structural integrity that holds up the walls. These reasons are why it is necessary to ready your home's roof extra rainfall. If you need any assistance with any of the following winter roof maintenance don't hesitate to contact a local professional. Roof chores can be dangerous, so it's best to leave them to the experts if you are at all uncomfortable doing them.
Clear the Gutters
Since the trees have let their leaves fall you'll want to do a thorough cleaning of the gutters. Natural debris in the gutter system can result in clogged downspouts, resulting in standing water. This extra weight alone could cause the gutters to pull loose and sag, but there is potential for even bigger problems. If the gutters are clogged and water starts to overflow due to excessive rain, the water could overflow and soak into the roof deck or drip down the siding of the house. The latter can ruin siding, but the water can also pool at the bottom of the home, resulting in possible damage to the foundation.
Once the gutters are clean the rest of the roof should be cleared of any natural debris such as leaves or pine needles. Even small pieces of debris can retain moisture that may lead to rot or mold, resulting in hindered roofing material. The best way to complete this task is to let a seasoned roofer use brooms or blowers. Walking around on your roof can be dangerous and it could also cause damage to your home if you do not know where to step.
Inspect for & Repair Roof Damage
Lastly, you'll want to repair any existing damages to prevent them from getting worse or causing leaks. Check your roof for damaged or missing shingles, look for cracking around areas of roof penetration, such as chimneys or pipes and check your attic for signs of daylight. Any issues that are found need to be addressed as soon as possible.
As we head into winter don't forget about the roof! To ensure your home is good to go you'll want to contact a professional residential roofer to perform proper maintenance. If you need winter roof maintenance in Los Angeles reach out to the team at Accurate Roofing. We offer full service roofing services and love helping people keep their homes in top notch shape. Give us a call at (424) 348-7582 to request more information or to request an estimate superior residential roofing in LA or the surrounding areas.
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