Colorado winters come fast. Every year in October the reports of snowstorms start to come in. Whether you are ready for it or not, winter is coming – and that’s we’ve compiled these 5 reasons you need a roof inspection before winter.
Repairs to the outside of your home become much harder as soon as the snow starts accumulating. That is why taking the time before the cold weather to get a pre-winter inspection for your roof is critical.
Getting regular roof inspections will help you to extend the life of your roof. Depending on the material and weather, that could mean as much as 5 extra years of life. It also means that you can start winter with the comfort of knowing your roof is ready for snow (Whether you are or not). Having a properly maintained roof is the difference between a warm dry winter and wet cold winter inside your home.
1. Fix Small Issues Before They Become Big Issues
The reality is that many homeowners wait far too long to fix small issues that arise on their roof. This is especially true when there is no obvious leak. The problem with that is, one bad storm can quickly change your small issue into a big problem.
Getting a pre-winter inspection by a qualified roofing company will help to find any small or hidden issues that may have arisen during the spring and summer months. Additionally, you can go into winter with the peace of mind that your roof is intact.
2. Winterize Your Roof
Your roof has many parts to it and they all play a vital role in keeping your home protected during the harsh winter. A thorough inspection of your roof system can let you know if any issues should be addressed before the snow flies.
A qualified roof inspector will be looking for loose or damaged shingles, signs of damage or penetration, proper insulation, and any signs of water damage, both current and prior. Getting any issues resolved before winter will help you save costs down the road and extend the life of your roof.
3. Roof Repairs Are Much Simpler Before Winter
Last time we checked; it is pretty difficult to work on a roof with 1 foot of snow on it. Roofers love the fall because the lower temperatures make it much easier to work. Waiting too long means there may be challenges to installing your roof.
When the temperature drops below 45 degrees shingles become much more difficult to work with. As the temperature drops more the asphalt shingles can become brittle and very difficult to install. Additionally, if they are performing a repair it could lead to a larger repair as existing shingles are more likely to become damaged during the process.
4. Shingles Need To Be Properly Sealed
Shingles work as a system to keep the water. When a roof is installed in warm temperatures, the shingles heat up from the sun and seal themselves. By having a proper seal, it means that water and wind are less likely to penetrate your roof.
When the mercury drops it means that roofers have to take extra steps to ensure your roof seals properly. This could result in additional costs for you to get your roof repair or replacement completed.
5. Save on Your Winter Bills
Colorado winters are already tough enough. With an average of up to 100 inches of snow and temperatures as low as -10 degrees, it is clear that energy costs need to be managed. Your roof is an important part of reducing those winter bills.
Having a properly insulated and sealed roof can reduce your energy costs by as much as 30%. The costs associated with maintenance can easily be offset by the savings in energy while keeping your family cozy and warm.
Ready To Get Your Roof Inspected?
Roof inspections should be done at least once a year by a qualified roofing contractor or roofing professional. Performing regular inspections and maintenance will ensure that your roof’s lifespan is maximized. Additionally, you will have lower energy bills and the peace of mind that your roof is going to keep your home safe.
Knowing the condition of your roof will help you plan for the inevitable roof replacement as well. Our expert roofing inspectors will tell you when your roof is nearing the end of its life so you can start planning for the costs of a replacement.
Remember, these 5 tips will keep your roof looking and working its best for years to come.
It’s not too late to get your pre-winter inspection completed. Our team at Modern Roof Co. is ready to get your inspection and repairs done before winter takes its grasp on us. Call our team today to get your inspection scheduled.