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Winter is coming: prepare your roof before the storm season

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It is that time of the year again, when the fall season decreases and temperatures begin to fall. Winter is coming, which means it is time to go shopping for holidays, snow days and last minute home improvement projects before the weather gets very hard.

While it's probably not the most exciting winter activity you have planned this season, home maintenance is at the top of the list of the most important things to do. In particular, it is a good time to look at the ceiling while it is still warm enough and the winter weather has not yet reached its peak. After all, by performing a roof inspection now, you can possibly avoid dealing with many problems in the months of December to April.

Before replacing ...

Replacing your roof is an important project, but if you need it, it is a good project to take on before the winter season arrives. On the other hand, your roof might be fine with some repairs, so make sure it is properly evaluated by a professional company before making your decision. Understand if your roof needs repairs or the total replacement begins with the roof inspection. Whether you hire a professional or do this part yourself, this is what you can expect to be evaluated during this process:

Interior inspection: during this part of the process, you want to go to the attic and look for signs of water damage, leaks, dark spots, a fallen roof covering or lights that are visible at points across the ceiling. These are all warning signs that your roof may need replacement or repair, depending on the extent of the damage.

External inspection: once the internal inspection is completed, it is time to climb on the roof. We recommend that a roofing contractor complete this part due to safety concerns. In addition, professionals know what to look for and what the signs mean regarding the condition and maintenance needs of your roof.

These are some of the things you should look for:

Signs of damage to shingles.

Any hint of mold fungus or similar concern.

Channel problems such as clogged, leaking or broken gutters.

Drain the problems and accumulate accumulated water around your home or on the roof.

Foundation and other serious structural concerns.

Signs that you need a roof replacement

There is a big difference between roof repair work and total roof replacement. Sometimes, repairs are no longer adequate responses to roof problems, and replacement will need to be considered. Below are the most common signs that it is necessary to replace it to have a healthy roof during the winter season:

The roof is old: if the roof is 25 years old or older, it may be time to replace it. This depends largely on the good maintenance of the roof and the type of materials used in the initial installation. An inspection should tell you what you can expect from your roof during the next season and if it is time to replace it.

Curly Texas: Curly can be seen as two different things. The first is cupping, which is when the edges turn up. The second is scratching. This occurs when the edges remain flat and the medium comes out. Both are signs of wear and indicate that leaks are imminent. If the curling is severe, you will want to replace it quickly.

The tiles are missing: one or two tiles that are missing from its roof is probably not a sign that the roof replacement is in order. However, if the roof looks more like a chessboard, it is probably a sign that it is necessary to replace it. In addition to better protection against the elements, a roof replacement in this case will also look more attractive.

Cracked roof tiles: Like missing tiles, one or two cracked roof tiles can be repaired. When the problem affects many tiles, this generally means that the entire roof must be replaced.

Granules in the gutter: if you have had the roof for 10-15 years and have noticed that pieces of roofing materials clog your gutters, then it is an indication that your shingles are at least half of their useful life. If the problem has been going on for a long time, then it is better to replace the entire roof since the quality decreases as soon as the granules disappear.

Have questions or need more information on how to maintain your roof? Get in touch with us at 360-726-1514, or visit our website at http://jbroofing.net/

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