Winter is just a couple of short months away. Are you ready for it? A better question would be is "Is your roof ready for it?" When was the last time you had your roof checked out? How about your gutters? There is so much to do to repair a roof for winter. If you find that your roof leaks, then you need roof repair services before winter too. Here is why repairing your roof before the first heavy snowfall is so important.
Compacted Snow and Ice Are Exceedingly Heavy
Snow and ice, when they accumulate, are exceedingly heavy. A solid roof that does not need repairs can hold up under the weight, but a roof that needs repairs is only going to get much worse. The pressure of the weight from the snow and ice pushes down on weak spots on your roof. These weak spots begin to bow down into the attic. If this winter ends up being an especially heavy one for snowfall, this weak area in your roof could collapse under the weight of all of the snow and ice.
Small Leaks Become Large Problems
A small leak in your roof now becomes a major catastrophe later. As more melted snow and ice leak through the small leak, mold and mildew build up in the attic and around the area of your roof where the leak is. This problem begins to spread until the hole gets bigger, the mold and mildew spread to the floor of the attic, and begin rotting out the ceiling of whatever room is just below that area in the attic floor. By spring, you could be looking at thousands of dollars of water damage and restoration, all of which could have been prevented had you fixed the roof before winter.
Heat Escapes Through the Roof
Your roof protects your home in a number of ways. One of those ways is that it prevents all of the heat you use from escaping. If you have a problem with your roof, a lot of that heat is going to rise up through the attic and go straight out the roof. Then you have to crank up the thermostat to get even more heat into the house, and more heat continues to escape through trouble spots in the roof. You end up with massive heating bills all winter long, and then you still have to fix the roof. Save yourself the heating bills and fix the roof now.