Leaving the winter months behind can be quite the joy for many people. The long, brutal winter can wreak havoc on us. The same thing can be said for our rooftops.
After several months of gusting winds, heavy snow and icicles, hail, rain, and sleet, our chimneys, gutters, and roofs are definitely stressed and in need of an evaluation and quite possibly, some potential repairs.
It’s extremely rare that a house on the east coast doesn’t suffer some sort of damage during the winter months. It can be something as minimal, and common, as popped nail heads and cracks in the shingles, to something more major, like a broken gutter or leaking roof.
That’s why a Rooftop inspection is extremely important at the beginning of the spring so you can catch any issues that may have occurred over the winter and repair them before they become bigger, more expensive problems.
Even if you don’t find any issues with your rooftop at least you have peace of mind knowing that it’s been fully inspected by a professional company like Pete’s Chimney & More.
Many things can happen to your rooftop area during the winter months. The problem is, you may not know of any damage until it’s too late. Like when water has reached inside your home and ruined the sheetrock, walls, pictures, or more. That’s why a rooftop inspection is your best bet to taking a proactive approach in finding and repairing any issues with your chimney, gutters, or roof.
Whether your home has a flat, shingle, or metal roof, numerous issues can arise after a cold, harsh, winter. Flat and metal roofs can have dried and cracked membranes and seams. Shingle roofs usually have popped nail heads and small cracks that have been caused by the snow and ice sitting on there for a prolonged period of time.
Plywood can stress and crack from heavy, wet, snow. Attic fan covers can crack from ice expansion. Rubber vent boots can also dry out and crack from freezing temperatures, snow, and ice.
Gutters get pulled away from the house by the heavy weight of snow and icicles, neither of which are meant to be supported by the gutters. Seams along the gutter system can also separate from the cold temps, ice, and snow, causing them to drip.
The pitch of the gutter system can be altered by the excessive weight of snow and icicles. This is problematic because rainwater will not flow to the downspout if the pitch is “off.”
Chimneys, whether they be for your fireplace or furnace system, should be checked for soot, creosote, and/or poly-carbon since the winter months are when these units are primarily used.
Cracks or breaks can happen to the brick, cement, and other areas of your chimney. This is common as the cold temps, ice, and snow are extremely detrimental to the exterior of a chimney.
Issues like these can allow water in the house which will not only lead to other more expensive repairs, but mold as well, if left unattended for a period of time.
As you can see, the winter can do enormous or minimal damage to our roof, chimneys, and gutters. And if we’re lucky, maybe no damage at all. With a complete Rooftop inspection, from Pete himself, give yourself peace of mind, or a true assessment, of any issues that may be up there unbeknownst to you.
Pete can be reached by phone or text at (845) 664-0142
By Peter Clemente