My husband and I wanted to add an addition to our home for years before we finally decided to act on the idea. However, we then realized that we desperately needed to update our kitchen, as well. Before we started the remodeling process, we prepared for what we expected: stress. We made sure we cleared our calendars and didn't have any other major commitments during the remodeling process. However, once we began planning the renovations, we quickly learned that we were actually having a lot of fun! The renovation process also went very smoothly and, now that the process is over, we both joke around that it feels "too quiet" in hear without the company of the contractors. I enjoyed t all so much I decided to start a blog to share my remodeling tips to help others who will soon be taking the plunge!
Winter tends to be very harsh on roofs, especially if they are old. Therefore, you should prepare your roof for the cold season so that it doesn't require a complete overhaul after the winter. Here are three helpful measures:
Fasten the Gutters
The first thing is to ensure that the gutters are securely fastened onto the fascia board. This advice is useful for all houses, but it is especially necessary if your house has been around for more than a decade. If that is the case, then it is possible that the gutter has loosened a bit from the house.
The spring rains might have contributed to this loosening, but not enough to pry them off completely. However, winter snows and ice are very heavy and will not spare them. Even a little space between the fascia and gutter accelerates the rate of their deterioration.
Clean the Gutters
Even if they are securely fastened, the gutters won't help you much if they are clogged with debris. The gutter is supposed to control the flow of water around your house, but if they are clogged, they will cause the water to overflow, collect around the foundation. Such water can cause serious damage to your walls and foundation when it enters into the cracks and freezes.
Apart from that, clogged gutters can also cause backflow from melting snow and ice. The backed up water will damage your wood fascia or even cause roof leaks. Therefore, you need to remove the leaves, dead animals, dust and all other debris before the cold season begins.
Fasten the Roof Shingles
Just as with gutters, roof shingles get loose with time. Factors that contribute to the loosening of the singles include:
How do you know that the shingles are loose? Well, the most obvious sign is to check if the shingles are flapping in the wind. Pay special attention to the shingles around roof projections,
If the shingles are not properly fastened to the roof, then water can get underneath them and enter the house. Apart from that, the water beneath the shingles may freeze and expand, loosening them further or even cracking them.
Some of these measures, like keeping the gutters clean, you can handle on your own. However, you may need a roofing contractor's expertise to fasten the gutters or roof shingles. If your roof is a few decades old, then you should consult a roof contractor on further preventive measures to implement. Contact a company like Conrad Roofing Of Illinois for more roofing advice or information.