Many people despise winter, not so much because of the snow and cold, but because of the damage they can do make. That primarily refers to roofs. Poorly installed construction, irregular maintenance, but also inclement weather, can affect additional wear and tear of the roofing, which further means more costs.
Don’t forget to maintain the housing cover during the winter too. If you have done the preparation in detail, there’s nothing much left to do in the cold days — just some little things to keep your roof fully functional and durable.
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Check for Leaks
Shingles cause most dripping and leaking problems. Whether they are damaged, poorly installed, or has lost its functionality over time – these are all reasons why water gets into the attic and further inside the house.
When you notice moisture and mold on the walls, the damage is already done. Therefore, think of how to prevent the accumulation and penetration of water. After all, it is much cheaper to solve this problem in the beginning, when it is necessary to replace only a couple of tiles than to settle the consequences arising from moisture and condensation.
Check the shingles and interior of the attic after heavy rainfall during the winter. Water can retain in microscopic tile cracks. Due to the low temperatures, ice will form, and therefore the shingles can crack. You can’t always prevent this, but it is enough to get a quality tile and replace them every time you notice the damage.
Remove Snow and Icicles
Although the snow-covered roofs have a fairy-tale beauty, in reality, this scene is not really that romantic. The shingles loaded with snow can cause the construction can weaken. Then, the snow melts and water can enter cracks and spread throughout the attic and interior ceilings.
If temperatures are below freezing even during the day, snow can stay on the roofs for a long time. And when it melts once, a slight frost is enough to create ice dams, which cause additional problems for homeowners. Their regular removal is obligatory; because of their rough shape, they also represent a risk for people. Also, pay attention to the gutters. When they are clogged, they also cause rainwater and snow to accumulate, causing the same problems as any other water retained.
Don’t Skip Joints
The simpler the roof is made, the easier it is to maintain but also to check its condition. A two-slope construction is the easiest to maintain, as each part of the roofing is easy to see and reach, even from the ground.
However, when it comes to more complicated constructions, with a lot of slopes, flaps, and joints with a skylight or chimney, it’s not easy to just look at whether a problem exists. You can’t notice bending or sagging of the shingles then, but neither when it comes to the condition of the ‘bays’ and flat roofs.
Be extremely careful when climbing rooftops during cold days. The ice is often not visible to the naked eye, and the shingles can be very slippery. So it may be better to hire professionals or someone adept at climbing high. For example, households in the Nordic countries (the price of roofing services or takläggare Stockholm pris also needs to be considered) include these actions in the regular maintenance of roof surfaces.
Don’t Forget the Surround Area
You would not believe anything can be found in the gutters. The wind blows, but most often, it is the branches of the surrounding trees that accumulate soil, dirt, or moss, causing the drain to close. Also, branches of nearby trees can physically damage the tile.
The solution is to cut them. Although this should be done in late summer, it is not too late to remove branches during the fall. The point is that, even though incredible wind power occurs, there is nothing nearby that could end up in a gutter or drainage canal.
In winter, the housing cover plays a significant role – to retain heat and prevent moisture and cold from entering the inside. You need to prepare it for winter conditions as well as for temperature fluctuations. It is best to start with preparations by the end of summer when you should carry out the wholesome inspection of tiles, construction, gutters, and attic.
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