Keeping the Roof Safe Through the Winter

With the colder part of the year approaching, homeowners everywhere are making a few basic preparations to their property, including their roof. And while Orlando and nearby areas may not experience the harshest winter of anywhere in the country, it’s still important to prepare your roof for this upcoming season.

At Roofing Pioneers, LLC, we’re here to help. Our roof repair services include a variety of basic areas, from standard inspections and upkeep methods to remedying any minor concerns that may have cropped up with your roof since our last inspection. Why are these inspections vital for preparing your roof for a new season, when should they be done, and what are some of the red flags you should be keeping an eye on that might signal winter roof issues? Here’s a primer.

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Importance of Inspection

Roofing inspections are your roof’s first and most effective line of defense against potential roofing damage. They allow professional roofing contractors to inspect the entire roof and its related components, including shingles, rain gutters and others, to identify any minor issues that might be cropping up. Instead of these issues worsening over time, which is typical for roof problems like leaks or cracks, we’ll be able to remedy them on the spot and prevent future expense.

For this reason, we recommend a roof inspection at least once a year, and usually twice. Ideally, you’ll have the roof inspected during the fall before winter hits, then again in the spring before summer approaches to ensure there’s been no damage from the previous winter.

Additional Inspection Needs

However, in any case where an unexpected event takes place regarding your roof, you might have to change this inspection frequency. A harsh storm or some other event that you’re worried may have damaged the roof should warrant a new inspection, one where we’ll help you determine if significant damage has taken place.

Red Flags

Here are some of the red flags that you may have a winter roof issue:

  • Blocked roof drains, generally caused by a buildup of leaves and other debris. In rare occasions where the temperature drops below freezing, these will move from an inconvenience to a major structural risk, as frozen water may expand and contract, potentially damaging gutters or the roof itself.
  • Leaks in any part of the inside of your building, especially those close to the roof and especially after a storm.
  • Icicles that hang from gutters, which are often signs of ice dams that will create damage.
  • Snow buildup on the roof, which risks weight concerns if it’s too heavy.

For more on how to care for your roof during winter and the signs to watch out for, or to learn about any of our roof installation, repair or re-roofing services, speak to the staff at Roofing Pioneers LLC today.

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