Wednesday, January 18th, 2017
Brrrrr it’s cold outside! I thought winter was behind us, since here in Nashville we never seem to get much of a winter, but boy was I wrong! Since the temperatures are so frigid outside, Jewell Roofing and Exteriors wants to make sure your roof is prepared for these cold temps!
Ice Dams: An ice dam is a layer of ice that forms at the edge of a roof that doesn’t allow any melting snow to drain off the roof. If this happens, the water that is trapped by the ice dam has nowhere to go and can end up inside your home, inevitably causing damage. Ice dams occur most frequently due to inadequate insulation and ventilation. For these colder months, frequently check your roof for signs of weathering! If you’re not comfortable checking your roof, call the experts at Jewell Roofing and Exteriors!
Flashing Leaks: Flashing is a piece of sheet metal applied over joints in your roof that helps prevent water damage. Flashing is most commonly comprised of aluminum or galvanized steel. Flashing locations can vary by roof, but the most common locations are around the chimney, skylights or dormer windows. If water is able to penetrate the flashing, it can be a sign that it disintegrated due to weathering or oxidation. It is recommended that you have a professional inspect your flashing on a bi-annual basis. If they spot missing or deteriorating flashing, it needs to be replaced as soon as possible. As with all home repairs, finding it sooner can save you big bucks in the long run!
Condensation: Condensation occurs when a cold surface meets warm air. If your house has an attic, it’s a prime place condensation to happen. Condensation can lead to hazardous conditions such as mold and mildew, which can endanger the health of your family.
Your roof is more than just shingles; you need to make sure you have adequate attic insulation and ventilation. Working with the professionals at Jewell Roofing and Exteriors can ensure the safety of your roof! Give us a call today for a free estimate at 1-844-386-0887. We service all of Middle Tennessee including Nashville, Brentwood, Franklin and more!