This winter, you're going into the season feeling confident that your fairly new roofing will hold up without springing any leaks. The new shingles give you this confidence, but have you considered the other elements on the roof that could cause leaks to occur over the winter? Here, you'll find a few more things to check since you know your shingles are good to go.
Chimney and Vent Seals
Your shingles may be good 20-year shingles, but the sealant that seals the seams around the chimney and vents in the roof is likely not going to last 20 years no matter how good of a product was used. Over time, the rubber-sealant material will dry out and begin to crack. This happens because of the sun exposure and the repeated temperature fluctuations throughout the year.
When these seals begin to fail, water can begin to seep into the roof around them. To determine if they need to be repaired, you'll need to spend some time on the roof inspecting them. As you check them, look for any signs of the material pulling away from the base of the chimney and/or vents. Also, look for the material to begin lifting around the edges. If you see any of this damage, it's time to make some sealant repairs. You can do this yourself, or contact your local roofers and contract them to do it for you.
Note: If you're going to make the repairs, please note that it is best to remove the old material before applying new material. This can be difficult, but it is possible. One tip that can expedite the process is to use a torch to heat a good, sharp utility knife. The knife will cut through the material much easier if it's melting it on the way through.
All of the valleys in the roof are prone to decay prematurely if you don't clear the leaves and debris that's been building up in them. Over time, that debris will trap enough moisture to force it to soak through the shingles into the sub-roofing material.
Spend a few minutes up on the roof gently sweeping the debris away – check the gutters while you're up there and be sure that you haven't swept all of that debris into the gutter system causing more problems later.
If you don't feel confident in your ability to do this job, talk with the roofing contractor local to you. He or she will assist you with preparing the roof for a long, harsh winter. To learn more about roof repairs, contact a roofing company in your area like Cloise & Mike Construction Inc.