Have your slate roof checked before cold weather sets in this winter?
Missouri winters can wreak havoc on your home’s roof. High moisture combined with constant freezing and thawing means that the weather can worsen any roof damage that may already exist. This could mean more work to repair the roof and thus cost you more in the long run.
Broken or missing slate shingles can easily turn into a major problem over the winter that could lead to structural damage. In addition, any small gaps in the flashing around your chimney, skylights, or roof vents could quickly lead to more damage.
Emergency roof repairs tend to cost much more. So you may want to think about improving your slate roof before the winter months set in to ensure your roof is ready for the cold, ice and snow.
Have Your Slate Roof Inspected
Having regular roof inspections can allow you to monitor your slate roof for damage and therefore prevent leaks and other types of damage. Slate shingles on a roof can become damaged over time due to constantly being exposed to the elements. But these issues can become worse during the winter months. The constant freezing and thawing can widen cracks or holes which can lead to water damage and mold growth. So, it is best to have your roof inspected before winter weather sets in and makes any problem worse.
Benefits of Attic Vents
One issue that can wreak havoc on a roof is ice dams. Ice dams occur when the attic air is warmer than the outside temperature. This causes the underside of the snow-packed roof to melt. As this water approaches the gutters, it typically refreezes and this can eventually cause an ice dam to form. When this happens, an ice dam can cause a back-up and prevent the water from draining correctly. If this is left unnoticed, ice dams can cause leaks, roof damage, and even flooded basements.
Therefore, it is important to make sure your slate roof is well-ventilated and properly insulated. Having a well-ventilated attic can help prevent the issue of ice dams.
Check Your Gutters
Following a big snowstorm, the snow on top of your slate roof can have a huge amount of water. It is always important that water be able to drain off your roof properly. When gutters and downspouts are clogged, water cannot drain off and away from your house correctly.
Therefore, you’ll want to make sure your gutters and downspouts are free of debris and clogs before winter comes along. Another idea is to have gutter guards installed to help prevent leaves and debris from getting in in the first place.
When you choose Duration Construction, you will have peace of mind knowing that we are there for you before your project, during your project, and long after your project. We guarantee that our work meets the highest standards and that it will be done to your satisfaction.
There is much more to your home’s roof then just shingles, and we check it all to find out where the system is compromised. Call us today at (314) 238-1357 or fill out our online contact form.