After a big storm or a really harsh winter, it is common for homes to need extensive roof repairs, such as patches or flashing replacements. But what if this past winter was mild or average in your area? Do you still need to think about roof repairs? In some cases, you might. Even mild winters do cause some wear and tear on roofs. Here are some "little" repairs your roof might need after the average winter.
Shingle repair on the edge.
The edges of the roof tend to get the most wear in the winter. Roofs are the coolest along the edge, which means this is where water is most likely to freeze into ice. If even a little ice seeps under the edge of a shingle, it can pry that shingle off the roof surface. A roofer can either replace or repair any shingles that are lifted. This simple repair can prevent your roof from leaking along the edges. It can also prevent those shingles from becoming less secure and peeling off completely during the next storm.
Sometimes in the winter, leaves and other debris blow around and get caught in your roof vents. When this happens, the vents become blocked, which means too much heat can build up in your attic. This is something to be concerned about in warmer temperatures as it means more heat will travel through your roof, accelerating its rate of deterioration. A roofer can come to clear the vents and make sure your attic is getting enough airflow. This is also a good time to have them check whether your attic is sufficiently vented, in general. If needed, they can add an extra vent or two to the roof.
Flashing is that metal that bridges the gap between your chimney and the roof. You might also have flashing in your roof valleys, depending on your climate and the building codes in your area. Even a mild winter can cause flashing to rise along its edges due to ice protrusion. Luckily, a roofer can usually seal the flashing back down without having to replace it. They can use silicone roof caulk or a similar adhesive to make this repair, which will prevent flashing loss and bigger leaks.
Even the average winter is tough on roofs. Consider having these extra repairs made, if needed, by a roofing company in your local area.
To learn more, contact a roof repair contractor.