Making Sure The Roof Of Your Southern US Home Is Ready For The Winter Season

If you live in the southern US, you don't have to worry too much about preparing for snowfall as winter approaches, but that does not mean you should not take the time to check over your roof before winter weather arrives. Especially with the high-rain, El Nino patterns being predicted for the 2015-2016 winter, the higher moisture exposure during this season can cause hidden roofing problems to come to the surface, causing leaks and frustration. Here are four things to check over this fall:

Loose or Damaged Flashing

Leaks are common when flashing, which is the metal liner used around chimneys and other roofing elements, becomes loose or starts to corrode. Take a look at any flashing on your roof, and if it seems to be loose or is developing pits, have your roofing company replace it now, rather than waiting until spring. If you wait, you'll likely end up paying to repair damage from leaks plus the flashing itself.

Clogged Gutters

If your gutters are clogged, water will not drain off of your roof properly, and you may end up with shingle damage and perhaps even leaks after a heavy storm. Climb up on a ladder, and make sure there are no leaves, twigs or dirt in the gutters. If your gutters are full of debris, you can pull most of it out by hand, and then use a garden hose to rinse out the rest. Make sure water is freely flowing out of each downspout before you stop hosing.

Moss and Algae

If there is moss or algae on your roof now, you can count on it becoming a lot worse throughout the winter rainy season. Make note of any moss or algae you see while you're up on the ladder examining the flashing and gutters. Small amounts can be scraped off with a broom or rake. If you have substantial moss or algae growth, you can use a power washer to remove it, and then have a roofing company come spray your roof with an herbicide that will keep it from coming back.

Buckling Shingles

If you see any shingles that appear to be lifting or buckling, contact your roofing company immediately. This is a sign that moisture may already be working its way into the underlayment of your roof, causing it to expand. If you wait until the next big storm to act, you're likely to have water dripping into your home.

If you do not feel confident climbing onto the roof and looking for these issues yourself, schedule a basic inspection with a roofing company. They will ensure your roof is free from any issues that may compromise its integrity once the rain and high winds hit.

For a professional roofing company, contact a company such as Peacock Roofing.