Seattle roof maintenance is something that most homeowners know they should be doing, but some might not know exactly what types of roof maintenance activities are critical to ensure that your roofing stays as healthy as possible and lasts as long as it is designed to last without wearing out prematurely. Here are three maintenance activities that every homeowner should have on their “to-do” list. While many people choose to do their Seattle roofing work in the spring or fall, it’s never too early or too late to get started.
Perhaps the most important thing on your roofing maintenance list are regular inspections. Having a professional roofer come and check out your entire structure at least once a year can help you spot things that might lead to problems. This allows your Seattle roofer to make some basic repairs whenever they find something wrong, prolonging the time before you need a roof replacement. The only way to spot these things is with an inspection.
The top of your roofing in Seattle is important to inspect, but you can often find out almost as much about the health of your roof by checking underneath from the attic. This is easier to do in the winter months, and allows you to spot signs of water leaks, such as:
Water streaks on support beams
Mold or mildew growth
Look Beyond the Roof
Finally, when you’re inspecting the roof be sure to check peripheral areas of the roof as well. That means trimming down overhanging branches, cleaning out the gutters, and checking the flashing, vents, and chimneys in addition to checking the shingles.
Regular roof inspections and maintenance in Seattle is critical to ensure your roof remains healthy for many years, and perhaps even decades, to come.
Ice dams are one of the potential dangers that your Shoreline roof faces in the winter and they can cause significant damage to your shingles, but the good news is that they are not inevitable. There are steps you can take to minimize the damage to your roofing even in cold weather.
Before you see ice dams forming, it’s a good idea to make sure your gutters are clean and that the water that runs off the roof will have a place to go with downspouts that are clear. If it’s already snowy or icy outside and you forgot to clean the gutters this year, you will need to be extra vigilant about watching for ice dams.
Ice dams form when warm air from your house escapes through the attic, melting the snow and ice from the top of your roof. When that melted water reaches the edges of the roof where it’s cold, it can freeze and create the dam. To reduce or eliminate ice dams entirely, check your attic insulation and add more if necessary. This will help maintain a more constant (colder) temperature in the attic so that snow on the top of the roof won’t melt.
Another option to keep warm air from reaching the top of the attic and melting water on the roof is to check your roofing ventilation. Having proper ventilation can keep cooler air from outside circulating through the attic, minimizing the effects of the warm air that does make it through your ceilings. There are specific measurements for installing ventilation based on your home’s square footage, so talk to a roofing contractor in Shoreline to make sure you get the calculations right before installing or remove any vents.
Making some small changes to your home to help reduce the chance of ice dams can help prevent shingle damage from standing water that freezes on the edges of your Shoreline roofing. To find out more or get help with ice dams, call a Shoreline roofer today.