Roof replacement can be expensive. In fact, replacing your home’s roof can be one of the more expensive projects you’ll do to your home. The alternative however is that your home will be damaged by weather and roof leaks that can literally destroy everything inside your home. Keeping your home’s roof in good working order can help it last much longer and with winter coming up quickly here in Ypsilanti Michigan it’s time to get your roof ready for the cold weather that will soon be here. In this article I’ll include some tips that can help you get your roof in great shape and what you can do if you suspect there is a problem with your roof.
Get Your Roof in Shape for Winter With These Roof Maintenance Tips
Not only will these tips keep your roof performing as it should it can also help you to understand more about your roof. How it works and how it can last much longer allowing you to save money on your roof replacement in Ypsilanti Michigan. The following tips can all be done from the ground as we don’t advise anyone to go on their roofs. Especially since colder weather is coming it’s best to not walk on your roof because you can actually cause more damage to the roof. Not to mention you may fall and get seriously injured. Allow a trained roofing professional inspect your roof if you think there is a problem who has the proper training and safety equipment. So with that being said, here are some tips to help you make your roof last longer.
Inspect Eaves and Gables
On most home there are ventilation in the gables and eaves of the home. Usually this is placed inside the soffit on the eaves and the very top of the gable ends of the home. There are many different designs and patterns that it can be. This ventilation is designed to help allow air to enter the roofing area and keep the moisture down underneath the roofing surface which can help the roof last longer. Sometimes wildlife such as birds or squirrels will nest in these vents and block or restrict the air flow. Remove any blocks to the vents so that air can flow into the attic space and roofing area.
Take a Look at Your Chimney
If you have a chimney on your home that is active be sure to look for signs of water damage around it. There will be small discolorations if water has entered around the chimney. You may also notice signs of water in upper levels of the home on walls where the chimney passes through. Because the chimney expands and contracts during the winter it can be the ideal place for a leak to develop.
Trim Trees Away From the Roof
Depending on the type of trees you have around your home this may be the perfect time to trim them. If a tree is hanging over the home and in contact with the roofing surface it can damage the roof. Even limbs that are not currently touching the roof but are close may damage the roof if freezing rain is present and forms ice on the tree. Making sure that trees are trimmed back away from the roof is best. As the wind blows the tree limbs it basically scrubs away the roof granules on the shingles and will eventually cause them to fail. The roof may also be damaged from a fallen limb that breaks.
Clean and Repair Gutters
Another problem that you may encounter here in Ypsilanti Michigan is a problem known as roof ice dam. Basically water backs up around the edge of your home and freezes which can lead to all sorts of problems. Cleaning gutters and repairing any that may be damaged can help to eliminate this problem. There are also other things that a roofing company can do if you have this problem on your home.
Get a Roof Inspection on Your Roof
Sometimes it is best to get the opinion of a professional and qualified roofing professional about your roof. If you suspect you may have problems with your roof be sure to call the qualified roofing experts here at Ypsilanti Roofing Company. We offer roof inspections in Ypsilanti Michigan to keep your roof performing as it should in all weather. Give us a call today at 734-291-0165 for more information and to set up an appointment to have your roof inspected.