While you may not be excited about the arrival of winter, shorter days and cooler nights mean this season is just around the corner. This is also the ideal time to take advantage of Virginia’s fine fall weather by performing an annual roof inspection that will ensure your roof is ready for colder weather. Even if your roof is not currently leaking, proper roof maintenance can stop potential problems before they start and help you avoid difficult repairs during the winter months. Pay attention to the following areas.
- Shingles and flashing. Look for missing shingles or shingles that demonstrate signs of cracking or excessive wear, and metal flashing that appears to be loose or damaged. Any of these problems must be addressed promptly by a professional roofing contractor to prevent leaks.
- Debris. Don’t allow leaves, twigs, branches and other organic matter to accumulate on the surface of your roof. Piles of damp debris can speed the deterioration of Fairfax roofing material.
- Gutters. Be sure gutters and downspouts are cleared of leaves and debris to allow water to drain away and to prevent the formation of ice dams. After cleaning out gutters, flush with water to ensure proper drainage and check for leaks. If you’re tired of cleaning your gutter system every year, ask us about installing Leaf Relief® gutter guard on your home!
- Attic vents. Check attic vents for holes or blockage. When vents do not allow interior moisture to escape, your home may develop problems such as wood rot, deterioration of the roof deck, mildew and peeling paint.
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