A summer begins to wind down and the air gets a little cooler at night it’s time to start thinking ahead to the winter months. Last year saw some intense snowfall in Connecticut with one storm dumping nearly 40” on parts of the state and this massive weight left several homeowners with roofs that began to cave in under the pressure.
Maintaining the integrity of your roof is important for two reasons: it protects the entire home and if you don’t keep up with repairs and maintenance on a roof your insurance provider may not approve a claim when damage occurs during a storm. If it is determined that you could have taken preventive measures to stabilize your roof and chose not to, then most insurance companies will deny your claim.
Now is a good time to do an inspection of your roof. While the weather is still warm you will be able to spend time looking underneath at the gutters and from above at the shingles to spot any irregularities that may be a sign your roof needs repairs or replacing. Some of the things you should be on the lookout for include:
– Places where the roof deck is sagging
– Signs of water damage or leaking
– Dark spots and signs or warping near chimneys
– Loose materials near vents and pipes
– Cracked, torn or missing shingles
Going into autumn and winter with a leaky roof is just asking for trouble. When snow starts to fall and the temperature drops you may be at risk for ice dams that can cause gutters to clog and force water to creep up under the shingles causing damage to the roof. A weakened roof can also be responsible for poor insulation meaning you are letting expensive heat to escape and your utility bills will start to climb. Avoid a miserable winter by contacting Connecticut Gutter & Exteriors today for a free consultation that will help determine the current state of your roof and what needs to be done to ensure you are ready for winter.