Most homeowners wait until after severe storms to have their roofs inspected, and rightly so. If you suspect roof damage, then by all means, bring out an inspector.
Repairs should always be addressed quickly.
But as far as routine maintenance, fall is a great time to have a roof wellness check. In fact, regular fall inspections should be part of your roof maintenance plan, and here’s why:
- Shingles that are weathering prematurely can worsen during winter months, creating problems with the insulation of your home.
- Accumulation of ice and snow can cause the underlayment, exposed from damaged shingles, to fail.
- Frigid temperatures can affect how your shingles seal to the underlayment of your roof. If any shingles are damaged, this can cause water to leak into the home.
- If existing shingle or underlayment damage worsens through winter, the ability to complete prompt repairs can be compromised from bad weather such as ice or snow.
- Condensation can occur during colder months causing mold and mildew growth.
Your roof is the ultimate protection against winter weather and should be treated with year-round care. As a homeowner, it is best to be proactive with your roofing maintenance. Yearly fall precautions will extend the life of your roof and prevent serious issues during the winter weather months.