itís snowing this morning, do not attempt to do what Iím
about to tell you.
itís not snowing, then itís time ó some would say
itís way past the time ó to check out your roof for
weather can be especially hard on roofs. Identifying
potential weaknesses in yours now can save you money in
the future, the experts say.
your roof has asphalt shingles ó I just looked up and
down my street, and every house has them, including mine
and my garage ó the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers
Association recommends a roof audit.
is what you need to do, the association says:
all gutters and roof surfaces clear of fallen leaves,
pine needles, twigs, and other debris, so that water
will drain freely.
paint or coat asphalt roofing materials to change the
color or give your roof a "new" look. The use
of paint or coatings may void the warranty and affect
allow water from a downspout to pour directly onto a
roof below. Connect the downspout from an upper story to
a lower-level gutter with drains on the lower roof.
removing leaves or snow from a valley or other roof
areas, proper care must be taken to avoid damaging the
the inspections from the ground or through upstairs
windows, where the roof surface can be observed.
are the most vulnerable points of a roof. Therefore,
inspect the underside carefully at all flashing points
for evidence of leakage, such as water stains.
a new element is added to the roof, make sure that
proper flashing procedures are followed to maintain the
integrity of the roofing.
you notice any obvious signs of damage, including
missing or loose roof shingles, impaired flashing, and
obstructed gutters or roof vents, contact a professional
roofing contractor to perform a full assessment of the
sure a contractor carries both liability and workers
compensation; ask to see a certificate of insurance.