Columbus, Ohio (PRWEB) December 24, 2013
While Columbus, Ohio roofing contractors do a lot of work during the warmer months, many are called out throughout the winter. The winters here are mild compared to northern parts of the state, but the snow, ice, wind, and freezing rain can still hit pretty hard. Many homeowners are distraught when the winter weather damages their roof and they should be. However, they are far from powerless and at the mercy of the first roofer who shows up. Atlas Roofing is a roofing company in Columbus, Ohio that can provide customers with a fast and affordable fix. These tips should help to avoid some of the more common problems seen on the job, preventing the need to call a roofer this winter.
Keeping the roof clean and in good repair cannot be stressed enough. Homeowners need to inspect and clean their roofs at least twice a year—after the snow thaws and before it falls. This is basic work that includes washing down the roof, removing any debris, fixing or replacing tiles and shingles, and cleaning the gutters. Missing or damaged tiles or shingles can allow water to enter into the inside of the roof. When the temperature drops, that water freezes. The ice then expands, pushing out and further damaging the roof. The same is true if the gutters are not clean. The water will back up, freeze and rip gutters away from the home or even just pushing ice into the underside of the roof which then travels down the interior walls creating water damage through the various levels of the home.
Better attic insulation is going to help by keeping the interior of the attic warmer. That means the interior of the roof is warmer. This then means that homeowners have less ice accumulating on their roofs through the winter.
It is also important to remember to keep an eye on branches near the roof. These often need trimmed back so that they are not scraping against the roof, dropping debris and sap onto the roof. When snow and ice accumulates on those branches, it also makes it more likely that the branches will snap, falling and doing damage to the roof.
In any event, if someone does have roof damage or a roof leak, they want to keep water off of it as best as possible. Invest in some blue tarps and bricks. The bricks can anchor down tarps that are spread out on the roof until an experience roofer can come out for the roofing repairs. This is only a temporary fix, though, and should not be used for more than a few short days.
Those in need of a new roof or roofing repair in Columbus, Ohio or the surrounding area should contact Atlas Roofing today for a free quote by calling (614) 420-2333.