Have you spent most of the year ignoring your home improvement tasks due to the busy life of a homeowner? Perhaps you haven’t known just where to start or what repairs are needed.
Before the weather gets bad with ice and snow, it’s time to consider winter roof maintenance which can help you avoid roof problems in winter. If you’re unsure of what fixes your roof may need, consider a few of these.
Schedule an Inspection
The first and most important part of your winter roof preparedness is an inspection. If you have a two-story home, it is best left to the professionals. Calling in a reputable company to handle your inspection will ensure your safety and your roof’s longevity.
Avoiding leaks by repairing them before snowfall or ice can mean the difference between a quick fix and pricier repairs in the future. If you have noticed cracked or missing shingles, it’s definitely time to make those repairs.
Repair or Replace?
If you’re still hung up on whether it is time to fix a few missing shingles, or if you need a total roof replacement, now is the time to decide. Hiring a professional to inspect your roof will help you make the final decision on whether you need a few repairs or it’s time to upgrade with a roof replacement. A few tips on whether to repair or replace are as follows:
- Damaged or Missing Shingles. If you are just missing a few shingles with no other extensive roof damage, a less expensive option is to just replace the shingles. However, if your roof is not on the newer side and you don’t have spare shingles, the new shingles may not match the existing roof.
- Re-Roofing One Side. More extensive damage due to a recent storm or high winds? If it is confined to one side of the roof, a viable option is to re-roof just the damaged side. However, contrary to popular belief, a re-roof may end up costing more than an all-new roof due to cost per square (10×10) basis.
- Leaks and Old Age. When your roof begins showing signs of age, coupled with other issues such as leaks or heavy structural damage, it’s definitely time to consider the new roof. What seems like a costly short term price to pay can end up being a long term investment.
To avoid more roof problems in winter, be sure to make a checklist of any issues you have noticed throughout the year. Even if the issue seems small or unnoticeable, it’s smart to hire a reputable roofing contractor to do an inspection.
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