Winter storms can be devastating to your roof. It has to put up with a lot --wind, snow, ice, and hail. If you discover roof damage, it’s important to have it repaired as soon as possible so your home isn’t at risk from water damage and cold air seeping in. Here’s what you can do to get your roof back in shape.

Clean It Off
If your roof is damaged, clear away any snow or debris blown onto it by the storm. This will make it easier to get a better look at the damage and removing the extra weight will take some of the strain off your damaged roof. If you can’t safely clean off your roof yourself, hire a team of roofing contractors to get the job done.

Inspect the Damage
Once the roof is cleared off, do a thorough inspection to find any signs of damage. In addition to obvious punctures, look for damaged or missing shingles, wet or moldy patches, or places where the roof seems to sag. Don’t forget your gutters, chimney, and anything else attached to your roof. Take pictures if possible! Contact a roofing company as they will inspect the roof for you and suggest next steps including repairs or contacting your insurance company.

Contact Your Insurance Company
Most homeowner’s insurance policies cover certain types of roof damage, so be sure to contact your insurance company once the storm is over. Show them the pictures you took of the damage. A roofing company can help guide you through the communication process with your insurance company. Most insurance companies will send an adjuster to your home to inspect the roof and help you figure out what steps to take next.

Find the Perfect Roofing Contractor
Look for a roofing company with decades of experience and a team that’s highly trained, like MESLER Roofing & Exteriors —A local roofer who knows the weather in your area will fix the damage, but more importantly, will help you protect your roof and your home from future damage. Call us at (785) 749-0462 or visit us here (https://meslerexteriors.com)

Your roof made it through spring rains, summer storms and autumn winds. So, why is your roof leaking now that it’s winter? Here are some reasons your roof might leak during the colder months of the year. These are great things to check on before the next winter storm –

1. Ice Dams
An ice dam is a solid block of ice that has obstructed your roof and is preventing water from running off of it. Dams may have formed on your home’s roof because of snow that initially melted and then froze again. The result causes water to gather and sit, eventually wearing through the roof and causing a leak. Stop dams from happening by making sure the warmth of your attic is properly sealed off, so snow does not melt and refreeze.

2. Damaged Roof Shingles
Damage to shingles on top of your home, no matter what caused them, can unfortunately result in a leaky roof. To stop this from occurring, make sure that shingles are replaced if need be before a winter storm hits.

3. Clogged Gutters
Like all other parts of your home, gutters need to be cleaned regularly to operate properly. If you allow gutters to become clogged with leaves, sticks and other debris, the results can be unpleasant when water or melted snow cannot leave the roof. Make sure you clear gutters regularly, especially during fall and winter months.

Any instance with excessive precipitation can lead to a compromised and leaky roof in the winter — especially if clogged gutters, solid ice or inferior/damaged shingles are present. To learn more about how to protect your roof in the winter and all year long, visit www.meslerexteriors.com or call us at (785) 749-0462

Winter weather can be harsh to your home. Roofs are especially vulnerable to weather conditions like snow, ice, and high winds. Keep an eye on your roof from the moment the snow flies, until spring finally breaks. Identifying roofing problems in their earliest stages allows for faster repairs and mitigates the risk of further damage.

Here’s a list of the most common ones:

1. Condensation-
Condensation results from inadequate ventilation is one of the most common winter roofing issues that goes unrecognized by property owners. Condensation is caused by warm interior air meeting the cold underside of a roof exposed to winter temperatures. It can lead to a musty smell along with the growth of mold and mildew.

The most effective way to prevent roof condensation is to properly vent the roof. Ventilation allows for maximum airflow and reduces the amount of warm air that comes in contact with the cold roof.

2. Ice Dams-
Ice dams are caused by temperature variations. An ice dam forms when top portions of the roof are warm enough to melt accumulated snow, while lower portions of the roof remain below freezing. Water runs down the roof and eventually freezes, forming an ice dam where the edge of the roof meets the gutter system.

Prevent ice dams by ventilating the roof and increasing insulation in order to prevent upper portions of the roof from getting too warm. Insulation should not be packed tightly against the roof, as it may limit airflow and encourages condensation.

3. Icicles-
Icicles form when water from melted snow runs down the roof and begins to drip from the gutters in temperatures just cold enough to freeze the water. Icicles form and, if the problem is not corrected, continue to grow in length.

Icicles can be prevented by employing the same ventilation and insulating practices along with keeping gutters clear of leaves and other debris during the fall. Removing snow and ice from the edges of the roof using a snow rake with a long handle also helps.

4. Strong Winds and Severe Weather-
Both conditions can negatively affect roofing in the winter. Strong winds can pull up or peel back shingles; they can damage flashing; they can drive moisture into roof vents. Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do to prevent wind damage and mother nature. Having professional help at hand is your best bet!

5. Tree Limbs-
Tree limbs can scrape the gritty surface off asphalt shingles; they can pull shingles up and allow moisture underneath. Heavy tree limbs falling from a good distance can even pierce roofing materials. Trimming limbs during nice weather can help prevent winter disasters.

Unless you are experienced in winter roofing, it is best to call a professional roofing contractor to address the issues listed above. At MESLER, we have the knowledge and experience to safely address winter roof issues with minimal risk.

It's still warm, but colder weather is coming! Here are some ways to get ready for winter:

1. Clean out the gutters, disconnect and drain all outside hoses. If possible, shut off outside water valves.
2. Insulate walls and attics, and caulk and weather-strip doors and windows.
3. Examine roof shingles, repair roof leaks and remove tree branches that could get weighed down with ice or snow and fall on your house – or your neighbor's . . .
4. Wrap water pipes in your basement or crawl spaces with insulation sleeves to slow heat transfer.
5. Consider an insulated blanket for your hot water heater.
6. If you have a fireplace, keep the flue closed when you're not using it.
7. Avoid ice dams – where water from melted snow refreezes in the gutters and seeps in under the roof, soaking interior walls. Here’s how: Ventilate your attic. Insulate the attic floor well to minimize the amount of heat rising through the attic from within the house.

Call us if you have questions! We are highly trained professionals with 40 years of experience.

Snow may look pretty while it’s falling, but it can be just as destructive as high winds or flood waters. Allowing snow to accumulate on your roof endangers both your property and your family.

According to the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety, freshly fallen snow can weigh as much as 5 pounds per square foot. An accumulation of 2 feet of fresh snow along with 2 feet of packed snow underneath can weigh up to 60 pounds per square foot.

Clearing snow and ice is important because your roof was never designed to handle the excess weight of significant accumulation. Moreover, accumulated snow can lead to ice dams that could eventually pull down your gutters. Melted snow can even make its way underneath shingles to damage the underlying structure and foundation.

Roof Snow Removal Warning Signs

There are signs you can look for that suggest the snow load on your roof is too high:

• Water spots on your ceilings
• Cracks in your drywall
• Sticking or jamming doors

In a perfect world, you would not wait for such signs to appear. But things happen. If you notice any of these signs in conjunction with heavy snow accumulation on your roof, it may be time to remove the snow.

The Proper Way to Remove Snow from the Roof

The proper way to remove snow from the roof depends on the style of your roof. For pitched roofs, use a plastic snow rake specifically designed for the job. Start at the edge of the roof and work in, being careful not to deliberately scrape clear down to the shingles. On a flat roof, use a plastic snow shovel to throw the snow clear away from the roof.

Salt-free deicing chemicals and electrical deicing cables are another option for roof snow removal. Both can remove snow and ice without the same risk of damage presented by snow rakes and shovels. Whatever you do, never attempt to clear your roof with a heat gun, open flame, or any heavy equipment that could damage shingles or tiles.

Roof Snow Removal Tips

• Never attempt to clear your roof alone. Enlist the assistance of at least one family member or friend capable of acting as an extra set of eyes and a safety monitor.
• If you can access your roof without a ladder – with a long pole, for instance – do so. Otherwise, be very careful about snow and ice buildup on ladder rungs.
• When clearing the roof, be sure to not allow snow and ice to accumulate in the gutters.
• Never throw ice chunks off the roof without knowing what is below.

So, you’ve decided is time to replace your roof -- One of the best investments you can make for your home. When done correctly, a roof replacement can add significant value to your home, improving its energy efficiency, durability, weather protection and beauty.

What’s next? You’ll need to research different roofing materials and choose the best option for your home; but most importantly, you also need to choose a knowledgeable and experienced contractor that can guarantee proper installation.

The team at Mesler Roofing and Exteriors has over 30 years of experience with premium materials and installation – Da Vinci Tile, asphalt composition, slate, tile, metal roofs, standing seam metal, concrete, polymer tile and wood.

Here are some things to consider:

METAL roofing has become a popular choice and a huge benefit is that it can last as long as 50 years when installed properly. On top of that, metal roofs are relatively easy to install and maintain.

SLATE can last anywhere from 75 to 200 years and it offers timeless elegance. Because it is quite heavy, your home might need an underlying roof structure to support the weight of the slate tiles. It is also a more costly choice.

TILE is one of the most durable, long-lasting and environmentally friendly roofing options available today. Made of concrete or clay, tile can last up to 100 years. It boasts excellent energy efficiency and is fire and weather resistant.

WOOD, although not as widely popular, still holds its appeal for its natural and rustic appeal. It needs to be treated to boost its resistance against moisture and insects, but it’s not only an eco-friendly alternative, but also offers great insulation.

Overtime every roof needs some care. When that time comes, you’ll have to decide whether to repair, patch, or replace your roof. There's a big difference between a few missing shingles lost during heavy winds and a leak that affects several roof layers. If the damage is extensive, it's usually a better idea, and value, to replace the roof.

Warning Signs of Roof Trouble

  • Curling, cracked or missing shingles
  • Discoloration, moss or algae
  • Rot
  • Shingle granules in gutters
  • Indoor leaks
  • Sagging roof

Roof Repairs

Replacing shingles due to wind damage or a fallen limb is relatively inexpensive. Torn or damaged shingles can be removed and replaced with new ones. The downside is that unless your roof is relatively new and you happen to have saved some spare shingles, your patch job may not match the existing roof. Talk to your roofer about matching shingles.

Replacing Your Roof

The older a roof is, the less efficient repairs will be. If your roof is old, the damage is extensive or it has started to affect the roof’s structural integrity, it’s time to replace. And, if you notice a lot of water damage or leakage in the interior of your house, replace the roof immediately.

A new roof is a big expense, but it should last you for decades. Contact your local roofing contractor —Making the right decision will save you future headaches.

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