Mattoon Roofing: Article About Four Seasons Of Roof Damage
Most homeowners don't worry much about their roofs in the summer. Leaky roofs come to mind when everything is covered in a deep snow or drenched by springtime storms. The truth is that each season contributes to the wear and tear on a roof. In Mattoon roofing repairs can crop up any time of year. The best way to stay on top of problems and keep a roof in good shape is to performF regular roof inspections.
The summer sun is harsh on a building's exterior, and the roof takes the brunt of this heat. Hot, dry air and UV rays can cause caulking and seals to shrink and crack. Wooden roof tiles crack, and asphalt tiles buckle as temperatures reach 150 degrees F. Scan the roof for loose or missing tiles and inspect seals for any cracking or flaking. It isn't necessary to climb around on the roof. In fact, doing that too often will wear out the watertight membrane below the shingles. A visual roof inspection from a ladder or even with binoculars will do.
Autumn is a good time to clean out the gutters. With all the falling leaves and twigs, it won't take long for them to get full.
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If that debris is left through the winter, it can hold water and contribute to ice dams later. While they are up there, homeowners should scan the surface of the roof. Any piles of leaves should be removed. They can hold water, which can slowly dissolve roofing sealants. Make sure that any flashing and vents are attached securely. Fixing these problems will be a lot easier right now than after the winter storms get started.
Going into winter, the roof should be in good repair. Keep an eye out for ice dams and watch how much snow is piled on top. If it gets too deep, it may be necessary to clear some away, but most steeply pitched roofs won't collect enough snow to collapse. It's a good idea to climb into the attic once or twice to check on the underside of the roof and make sure that there are no leaks.
Spring brings melt off, wind and even more rain. This is a good time to inspect the roof for any damage that may have occurred during the winter. Again, check that the flashing and vents are secure and make sure that water isn't pooling anywhere on the roof surface.
Preventive maintenance can make all the difference in the life of a roof. Simple steps throughout the year can make a roof last 20 years instead of only 10.