Winter has been upon us for many months now, including some intense storms… and if you are just like every other New Jersey resident, you must be ready for some sunshine! But have you ever stopped and wondered just how much damage rain and ice can have on your roof?
While this year’s winter is coming to a close, it is still highly recommended for you to take certain precautionary steps to protect your roof from damage from the spring rain approaching and next year’s winter storms. The key is to ensure you have year-round maintenance, as the cost of potential repairs will surely outweigh any safety investments you put in.
At least twice a year, in the spring and in the fall. Regardless of type of roof your house has, year-round inspections will save you money and time in the long run. In most cases, it is recommended you carry out inspections the day after a rainy day, as potential leaks and damages will be most obvious then.
i. Paint that has gone bubbly
ii. Any wall discoloration near the roof
iii. Ceiling tiles that are moist or show discoloration
iv. Any drips or water running down window and door frames
v. Any sign of mold or rust
vi. Check behind appliances including refrigerators, washers/dryers, toilets and sinks for any sign of water puddles.
b. When checking the roof, look for similar signs including
i. Cracked roof
ii. Darkened (moist) ceiling paint or wood
iii. Obvious water drips during stormy days
iv. Missing or damaged shingles
c. Also make sure you inspect the outside of your roof. Here, you are primarily looking for…
i. Signs of moss. Although moss can be simply swept off early on, it will need to be chemically removed should it establish itself on the roof. Note: you may find black algae on your roof and although these are not aesthetically pleasing, they will not be a danger to the integrity of your building.
ii. Missing or damaged shingles – although this does not always represent a leak, they can easily turn into leaks should the damage get worse
This is important especially in the fall season! Leaves and debris will accumulate in the gutters, so when it rains (and specially when it snows), the water will get trapped and not flow as it is supposed to. In the long term, the water will sink into your roof and can cause major damage. Additionally, the added weight on the roof will put pressure and expose it to potential serious damage.
This one seems trivial, and you may ask yourself… what are the chances that these branches will actually snap onto my roof? Honestly, probably low. However, if they do come crashing down, the damage cost may stack up to tens of thousands of dollars. So why not just cut off any dangerous overhanging branches?
By proactively taking the steps listed above, you are on your way to ensuring your roof stays safe and dry, regardless of how bad the weather might get. Here are some things you will be preventing:
If you found water or snow damage on your roof or suspect that you may have damage, it is important that you reach out to qualified professionals as soon as possible, as to avoid further damage. We recommend reaching out to our qualified professionals at Proven Contracting at any of our locations – Bridgewater, Long Valley Randolph. We service all of Northern New Jersey and are happy to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have.