Prepare your roof to withstand heavy snowfalls, hailstorms, and extremely cold temperatures.
If your house has a cedar roof, you already have many advantages. Cedar roofs are highly durable, energy efficient, and resistant to high winds. However, that does not mean you can skip regular maintenance. Take the following steps to help your cedar roof perform at its best this winter season.
Check For Common Defects
Have your cedar roof inspected by professionals as part of your preparation for the winter season. Check for any cracks or curled and cupped roof shingles. There could be hidden cracks, allowing the snow or water to seep into the inner layers of the roof. This could cause severe damage to the structure and gradually weaken your roof.
Inspect the Vent Pipes and Flashing
Snowfalls are common in the winter season. Ice or snow will accumulate on your roof and will eventually melt into water. Without a proper extraction system in place, the accumulated water can cause damage to your roof. This is why it is important to flash out the accumulated water as soon as possible. The flashing and vent pipes help extract the water; make sure that they are in good working condition. Check your flashing and vent pipes for any torn, raised, chipped, or loosened parts. If detected early, it is easier to correct any defects in your flashing. However, if you ignore regular inspection and timely repair, a minor flashing problem can cause leakage in your roof. Some parts of your roof are more susceptible to leaking due to flashing defects. Thoroughly inspect the chimney, vent pipes, and skylights. If you notice any signs of damage or wear and tear, address the problem as soon as possible.
Keep Your Gutters Clear
When leaves, branches of trees, dust, dirt, and grime constantly accumulate in the gutters, the roof may eventually be affected. Clogged drain channels cause problems in extracting the melting ice and accumulated water on your roof. Deep your gutter system clean and trouble free.
Do Not Allow Debris to Build Up
Leaves, mud, branches of trees, and other debris often build up in the V-shaped junction between two slanting roofs. If you notice debris building up on any part of your roof, clean the areas as early as possible. If you allow the debris to build up, it can cause many roofing problems, including leakage in the roof.
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