Tips to Prevent and Handle Roof Damage in the Fall

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Regular roof maintenance is important, especially before fall and winter. (DepositPhotos)

Along with fall comes a long list of outdoor chores to finish before temperatures plummet and snow flies.

Here are four ways to make sure your roof stays in shape and withstands cold weather.

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The roof is one of your home’s most important parts, so keep it well maintained and make necessary repairs immediately.

1. Clear the Roof

Wet branches and leaves keep moisture in contact with shingles, tiles or metal sheets on your roof — and this water will find ways to penetrate the roof if left sitting.

While removing these materials, look for depressions in the roof where water can pool. These dips represent areas where damage can occur with snow and ice loads.

An annual roof inspection, preferably by a professional, is the best way to extend your roof’s life. (DepositPhotos)

2. Check Shingles’ Waterproofing

During the roof check, make sure there are no loose or missing shingles. You can use a pair of binoculars to get a good look at the caulking around vents, chimneys and flashing.

If there are missing waterproofing materials, there’s still time to call a roofing company to replace the material before snow and ice hit.


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