Late Fall marks the official start of the rainy season in central California.
Whether you welcome the change in weather, or yearn for sunny skies again, the truth is that excessive downpours can take a heavy toll on your roof.
Before the hard rains are in full force, it’s wise for homeowners to take some preventative care to prevent common roof issues that arrive at this time of year.
In today’s guide, we will cover the most common roof issues experienced in the fall and winter months. With a little proactive attention early on, you can avoid major roof damage and rest easy all season long.
Branches and heavy debris blown about by winter storms can do a number on even the soundest of roofs.
Tree limbs can puncture your shingles, and in severe cases even penetrate your roof or windows entirely.
This kind of damage is not only costly to repair, but can also be a hazard to your home and your family.
According to Moon Works Home, removing surrounding dead wood is one of the best things you can do to prevent damage from winter storms.
“Trimming your trees regularly will help fewer branches fall in heavy wind or other severe weather. For particularly tall trees, experts can do the trimming for you and can also tell you when trees are at risk of being blown over in a storm so they can be removed.”
Take some time to evaluate nearby trees in your yard, and you’ll greatly reduce your risk of storm damage this winter.
If you have a flat roof, or backed up gutters, it’s not uncommon for the heavy rains to cause water to pool on your rooftop.
These water pools can lead to rot, and in some cases, severe leaks in your home.
It’s best to check and clean your gutters early in the Fall, and to keep a close eye on them over the winter months.
Debris and clogs in your gutters and drains will almost surely result in water backing up on your rooftop.
If you have a flat roof, you may need to have additional drainage systems installed to prevent pooling, or you may need a professional to fix any low spots where rain water collects.
Damaged Roofing Materials
Over time, the sun, rain, and wind can take a toll on your roof.
Depending on your roof type, you might be missing shingles or dealing with dented and punctured sheet metal.
When your roof isn’t structurally sound, this can quickly lead to rot and leaks in your home.
Regular inspections, the replacement of missing shingles, and routine repairs to any metal or other roofing materials will help you stay ahead of severe roof damage.
As discussed, if you keep tree branches trimmed back and deadwood on your property to a minimum you will reduce the risk of damage to your roofing materials and your home itself.
Leaks can happen for many different reasons. Things like the age of your roof, past damage, missing shingles, excessive moisture, or backed up gutters can all contribute to roof leaks.
A good roofing specialist will check over the structure, material, and workmanship of your roof. They will also inspect the interior of your walls, ceiling, and attic to make sure there are no signs of water damage.
A Closing Word Of Caution:
Don’t wait until a roofing problem arises in the middle of the rainy season before you take the necessary steps to make sure your roof is sound.
By being proactive, you will save yourself a lot of money and grief in the long run.
“A benefit of having your roof repaired or replaced before the rainy season is that you can avoid additional damage.
You may think there’s nothing wrong with your roof right now, but it’s possible that there are undetected issues… If you wait until the weather turns, you might find leaks or other problems in unpleasant ways.”