As the cold weather approaches, snowfall, freezing temperatures and strong gusts of icy winds become the norm. And the roof of your house is feeling the wrath of Mother Nature.
Which are the most common repairs done in the cold season?
Inspect the gutters and shingles, especially after a heavy snowstorm. Clean the excess snow with a rake and remove the icicles. Their weight can cause the gutters to rip off the house.
Remove any leaves or branches left from the autumn, as these prevent the proper drainage of water, which is essential when the snow melts. Broken or damaged gutters need to be replaced.
Repairing the shingles
These fixes need to be addressed promptly by Littleton roofers, otherwise they quickly develop leaks. Shingles nailed down by screws or other fasteners can be repaired year-round. Extra care is needed, though, as the materials are more fragile during low temperatures.
Fixing the flashings
Most leaks occur when the shingles meet other elements of the building, like chimneys and skylights. Inspect the flashing in these places and repair them where they are pulling off or are damaged.
Extra benefit: most contractors have lower prices during winter.