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Fort Worth Roofing: Article About Getting The Roof Ready For Winter

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When winter rolls around, most homeowners take the time to prepare their roof for the onslaught of cold weather. What many neglect to take into account, however, is the condition of their roof. Winter weather can cause damage to a roof, and leakage may occur if the roof has not been inspected and prepared for the winter months.

Homeowners should perform an inspection of the roof by either climbing onto it via a ladder or viewing it from the ground with a pair of binoculars. Homeowners should inspect the shingles to ensure they are all in place and not damaged. Broken, cracked, curled or missing shingles should be replaced, as these may allow water from melting snow to infiltrate the home. Flashing around chimneys, vents and other areas not directly covered by shingles should be firmly in place and not rusted or bent. Any flashing that looks damaged should be replaced. Homeowners that are not comfortable with doing roof repairs should consult with Fort Worth roofing experts. Homeowners should also check any caulking on the roof for spots that may have missing or cracked caulking and replace any caulking that has been compromised.

Gutters can cause all sorts of havoc if not properly cleaned out. When snow and ice hit the roof, any melt needs to have a clear path away from the house.

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When cleaning out gutters, homeowners should use a sturdy ladder and a pair of shoes with good grip for safety. It is also wise to have another person present. Gloves may be worn to keep the hands safe from any sharp or pointy debris. After cleaning out the gutters, it's a good idea to run a hose up to the gutter to be sure the water travels smoothly and that it falls through the downspout uninhibited. Any gaps in the gutters or missing nails should be replaced. If the gutters are pulling away from the fascia board, they should be reattached to prevent water from pouring down and under the sides of the house.

Homeowners who have extensive damage on their roof may wish to consult with professional roofing services before cold weather hits. Professional roofers will be able to do a thorough inspection of the roof, identify problem areas and come up with a repair schedule to fix the damage. If gutters are continually clogged, especially in the fall when leaves are coming off trees, homeowners may find professionally installed gutter guards help keep the gutters free of debris.

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