Fall is here and that means the leaves are starting to fall. While the leaves may look beautiful, they can also cause problems for your roof. Clogged gutters is one of the top roofing concerns during the fall months. Debris that gets stuck in the gutters will restrict rainwater flow when not addressed immediately. This can cause both roof and gutter damage to occur. In Missouri you never know what kind of weather to expect this time of year, with the fluctuations from hot to cold, hot to cold that we've been experiencing, you should pay special attention to your roof. Moss and algae could begin to form, affecting the durability of your roof.
When snow and ice accumulate on the roof, the ice may melt as the temperature increases during the day and then refreeze again as the temperature drops at night. The repeated refreezing of the ice increases its mass. In addition, as water freezes it expands, applying enormous force against anything constraining it. This can cause warping and leaking of the roof. Ice-build up on your roof and in your gutters can also prevent water from draining properly. This could cause that water to leak into the attic, causing further damage. Prevent costly repairs by getting a free roof inspection at the Lake of the Ozarks at least twice a year.
As the transition from winter to spring arrives, think about what you roof has already endured for the last few months. Your roof may already be suffering from damaged gutters, shingles and trim boards, or disturbed flashings, ridge vents and pipe collars. Although spring might not be as big of a threat as winter, spring showers can also pose a threat to your roof, especially if it's already damaged. Excess moisture can cause all kinds of problems for your roof, from mold accumulation to leaks and water damage. The best place to spot any issues would be your attic. In order to prevent water damage, make sure to add gutter maintenance to your spring cleaning checklist. You want to ensure that rain water isn't backing up and getting trapped on your roof.
During those hot Missouri summers, your roof is subjected to intense heat from the sun, with temperatures reaching 160 degrees Fahrenheit or more! When a cold front comes in, it is often accompanied by a thunderstorm. The combination of the air temperature dropping with evaporation of rain water from the roof can result in a sudden drop of temperature of the roof, anywhere from 50 to 100 degrees. This difference in temperature causes the expansion and contraction of the supporting structure beneath the roof and places a strain on the shingles. Overtime, this process causes the shingles to become fatigued.
The best way to prepare your roof for the changes in season and avoid costly roof repairs at the Lake of the Ozarks is to have it inspected regularly. Give Above & Beyond Roofing a call at 573-302-0354 to schedule your inspection today! Winter is just around the corner, so now is the time to make sure your roof can withstand the crazy Missouri weather that is to come.
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