Every Utah roof faces the perils of winter storms, including the threat of damage from heavy snow and ice. Now, as we face the stormy weather that spring and summer bring, it’s time to make sure your roof is ready.
Heavy rains, high winds, hail and lightning don’t necessarily lead to major roof problems — unless your roof is already in need of repair. Now is the time to make sure your roofing system is in shape for those not-so-gentle spring showers.
Check the Drainage System
If you’re like most Utah homeowners, you probably didn’t brave the cold weather to clean the gutters. That means that leaves, branches and other debris may have accumulated in your gutters and downspouts over the winter.
This debris creates a tempting nesting environment for birds and other critters. And if you don’t clear the debris, the gutters or downspouts can become clogged during a rainstorm. Clogs cause water to pool on the roof, potentially causing leaks and structural damage.
To prevent roof problems this spring, inspect your entire drainage system and make any necessary repairs. This is also the perfect time to install gutter guards, to stop debris from collecting in the future.
Look for Worn or Damaged Areas
Heavy snow loads and ice dams trap water on your rooftop. And thanks to the freeze-and-thaw cycles of winter, the water can get under shingles or roof tiles, causing damage to the underlayment and roof deck. If that happens, leaks are much more likely to occur.
Before the spring rains arrive, it’s important to determine whether the winter weather caused any problems. Inspect the entire roof carefully, checking for areas that look worn or cracked.
If you notice any damage, take photos and note where it is. Then promptly call to schedule repairs for the damage, to ensure that the inside of your home remains safe and dry.
Schedule a Professional Roof Inspection to Protect Your Home
Winter weather damage can sometimes remain hidden, at least to the untrained eye. And climbing up a ladder and walking around on your roof can be dangerous. For these reasons, we recommend scheduling a professional roofing inspection before the rainy season.
Our highly trained and experienced team can conduct a complete inspection of your drainage and roof systems to detect unseen issues. We examine everything — from the gutters and downspouts to the shingles, eaves and flashing — looking for signs of roof problems from ice and snow.
Licensed roofing contractors focus on finding even the smallest problems, before they can grow into much larger issues. A roof inspection is the best option for preparing your Utah roof for springtime storms.
The expert team at Knockout Roofing can evaluate the condition of your roof system and ensure that it’s in good shape for spring. Contact our Salt Lake City office to schedule a complimentary inspection of your Utah roof today.