The roof of your home can be vulnerable to winter weather, and the problem could be worse if the shingles are worn. It is time to start thinking about a roof replacement before the cold weather gets here. When you replace the roof, you will want to have improvements done to protect against winter damage. The following roof replacement guide will help you have a new roof installed before winter.
Tearing off shingles and drying-in — During the autumn months, many areas get a lot of rain. Therefore, you want to have the shingles torn off your roof quickly if you are doing a replacement this time of year. The exposed decking also should be inspected, and the roof dried-in quickly. The dry-in process means installing the felt moisture barrier, and you may also want to install tarps if the shingles are not going to be installed right away.
Evaluating your roof for winter weather issues — The roof of your home may already be vulnerable to damage during winter weather. This damage is often caused by ice building up and wearing off the surface of shingles. These problems can be improved with solutions like adding insulation to your attic and using an ice barrier system at the eaves of the roof.
Install rubber reinforcements and ice barriers — Rubber reinforcement can be a great solution to protect your roof in areas where there is metal flashing. It will help seal nails and fasteners and prevent leaks in vulnerable areas. At the eaves and ends of gables, a special ice barrier shingle can be installed. This barrier will provide your roof with protection from damage due to ice dams that commonly form in these areas during the winter months.
Installing shingles that are resistant to weathering — Lastly, for a roof that is more resistant to winter weathering, you want to use more durable roofing materials. If you are using asphalt shingles, architectural shingles are a good choice. Another good choice is metal roofing, which is more resistant to damage due to ice and winter weather. Make sure that it is designed to withstand the cold of winters where you live. These roofing materials should be designed to withstand the coldest temperatures during the winter months.
These are things to do to replace your roof before the winter weather arrives. If you need a new roof to prepare for winter, contact a roof replacement service to have them install the new shingles now.