Preparing Residential Roofs for the Fall

 Q: As the summer roofing season comes to a close many home owners are curious to ask, “What can I do in the fall to keep my roof healthy for the upcoming winter season?”

A: There are a few routine tasks that homeowners can do after all the leaves have fallen during the autumn season. The first thing to do is to inspect the roof and make sure the entire roof is clear of leaves. Second, clean out all of the fine branches that have found their way into the gutters. These branches can cause leaves to form barricades in the gutter, resulting in a build up of water in the gutters. Also, double check that the gutters are free and clear of any granules. There is the potential of granules to come loose or slide off, especially on a new roof that find their way into the gutters. Again, this will not allow water to flow freely and result in more build up of water throughout the gutters. Finally, the fall is an excellent time to check that all vents are secure and if any nails are loose and exposed from high wind gusts. With the winter months around the corner, the accumulation of snow on roofs can be tremendous at times, especially around the Chicagoland area. Loose vents and exposed nail open the possibility of water to build up and leak through the roof. A quick walk through to make sure vents, as well as shingles are properly secure will help to preserve your roof through the winter.

Q: Can Showalter Roofing Services provide schedule maintenance service checks for homeowners that might be cautious of going up onto their roofs?

A: Absolutely, not only does Showalter Roofing provide maintenance services on commercial roofs but for residential roofs as well. We would be happy to set up an appointment for us to come out and inspect your roof, clean out all the gutters, and ensure everything is properly secure for the upcoming winter season.

Do I Need a New Roof? #7 – Masonry and Counterflashing

The breakdown of chimneys and other masonry walls are an indication of roof replacement. If water is coming in along the chimney wall or masonry wall it is either because the counterflashing is failing or the masonry itself is absorbing water.

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This picture shows that the caulking has deteriorated to the point that it is actually missing and water can get behind the metal and enter your home. Deterioration can also occur on the concrete chimney cap which allows moisture to enter as well as weaken and destroy the entire masonry structure. By checking the caulking and maintaining the chimney with masonry sealant, the cost of repair or replacement are avoided.

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