Tips For Checking Over Your Roof After Winter Season

Posted on: 7 December 2016

As seasons change with the constant fluctuation of weather related temperatures, it's possible that your roof could sustain some damage. Particularly, if you have experienced a harsh winter season, where the temperatures fluctuate with a constant mix of rain and ice, it may lead to roof damage. This is caused by the constant free-thaw effect of constant climatic changes. The information below provides some tips for checking over your roof after winter season.

The Purpose Of The Roof Flashing Material

The flashing part of the roof consists of galvanized steel sheets or aluminum steel materials, this is used to seal off the joints on the roof so that water doesn't leak into your home. The other function of the flash is to cover the area of the chimney that protrudes through the roof.  Not only does the flashing prevent water from entering the home, but it also stops the air from coming in through joint spacings or gaps. The flashing can be damaged in the winter, if the ice freezes along the flashing and causes it to separate. When this happens, water can leak into the home once the ice starts to melt. Therefore, after winter ends, the flashings should be checked to ensure they haven't started to loosen or separate.

The Purpose Of The Roof Eaves

The eaves are designed to overhang on the edges of the roof at the top of your house. The purpose of the eaves is so that water can flow off the roof to prevent water pockets from developing on top of the roof or water from freezing along the roof gutter system. If the eaves don't work properly, it can cause dams to form and block water and ice from flowing through the gutter. Then, if the gutter system gets too full of water and possibly icicles, the additional weight may cause the gutters to bend and snap off, breaking away from your home. The extra water can also start to seep through the seams and overflow into the house. If you notice issues with the roof eaves system, consider having a ridge added, which can provide extra insulation for your home from the ice. In addition, you can have soffit vents added so that heat can flow through to the eaves to prevent them from freezing.

The Purpose Of The Gutter And Downspout System

Gutters and downspouts are added to the home so that there is a flow system in place to allow melted snow and rain to drain from the roof. The gutter system should be installed correctly along the edge of the roof so that rainwater, snow and melted ice flows into it and through the downspouts to the ground away from your home. The gutters and downspouts should also be checked over for debris such as fallen leaves. If the system is clogged, it will overflow and not work properly, so it should be cleaned out if you notice debris inside.

If you are unsure how to check over the flashing, eaves, gutter or downspouts, consider consulting with a contractor, such as those found at Gutter Magician NKY.