Although we’re not quite lucky enough to be able to hibernate all winter like bears, it’s true that most homeowners go into a period of semi-hibernation when the cold weather hits. While spring, summer, and in the San Antonio area, even autumn are full of backyard gatherings and home improvement projects, most people tend to get these tasks all squared away before the winter months. It’s more difficult to execute these tasks in the winter time when weather is cold and conditions may be wet or icy.
Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you can put roof repairs completely out of your mind, however. As we detailed in a past blog, cold weather can have many negative effects on your roof, even if it doesn’t spend months covered in snow the way it may in other states. It’s important to stay up to date on roof maintenance during the winter so that you’re not surprised by roof repairs in the spring…and it’s easier than you may think!
Check Your Roof For Signs Of Needed Repair Without Even Leaving The House!
When we mention roof repairs to many people in the San Antonio area, they often imagine dragging a tall ladder out of the garage and scrambling up to the roof where they can perform an inspection. As we’ve already mentioned, getting on your roof is a bad idea in winter conditions, so what’s a responsible homeowner to do? The answer lies right above your head, in the attic!
“Roofs create an insulated barrier that helps trap heat inside, and most attic spaces are located right below them,” Jason Joplin, program manager of the Center for the Advancement of Roofing Excellence, told News USA. “That makes them perfect for spotting potential problem areas and damage without worrying about falling.”
Roof Repair Warning Signs To Look For In Your Attic
Now that you know you don’t have to climb onto the top of your house just to see how well your roof is holding up in cold weather, let’s talk about what roof repair warning signs you should be looking for in your attic.
Note! Depending on the level to which your attic has been finished, you may want to bring a few useful tools with you, like a flashlight/headlamp, some gloves, some sturdy shoes, and a dust mask.
- Water Leaks – The roof is your San Antonio home’s first line of defense against the elements. Its main job is to prevent moisture that falls outside your house to make its way indoors. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that one of the main things you want to look for in your attic the presence of any water. Use your flashlight, headlamp, or lantern to look for dripping water, puddles (or the sign that a puddle was there but has dried), condensation, and water stains on the ceiling, walls, and floor. If you can detect water, it’s a sign that you’re in need of immediate roof repairs. Contact TM Restoration in San Antonio immediately.
- Animal Damage – What is it about attics that seems to attract birds, bats, squirrels, and other animals? Warmth, for one thing, and the fact that they can get inside! When inspecting your roof via the attic, take a moment to look for signs that animals have found a hole in your roof that you weren’t aware of. These signs include: nests, droppings and gnawed wood, wires or insulation, etc. If you do notice any suspicious activity of the animalistic variety, call a pest control company as well as a roofing repair professional.
- Ventilation Issues – While you’re up in the attic, you’ll also want to pay attention to the ventilation (or lack thereof). Attics that are too full of junk or not properly ventilated can create problems that harm your roofing as well.
- Structural Problems – After you’re done looking for rat poop on the floor, spend some time looking up as well! You’ll want to pay special attention to the slope and structure of your roof, taking note of any areas that are damaged or sagging. This could signal a serious problem that requires the services of a roof repair professional.
TM Restoration Is Your Source For Year ‘Round Roof Repair In San Antonio
Whether you’ve noticed some of these problems during your routine winter maintenance or would prefer that a professional come out to perform a roof inspection, call TM Restoration in San Antonio today. We’d be more than happy to provide FAST, FREE roof repair quote!
By keeping up with regular maintenance and inspection of your roof, you can help to extend the life of your roofing system, whether it’s asphalt shingles or metal roofing. Regular inspections also help to prevent small roof repairs from becoming giant projects, or even complete roof replacements. Contact us to get started today!