Maybe it is not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of winter but it is worth inspecting your roof this time of the year as well. For a contractor assessment it may be the best time since there are more contractors available compared to other seasons when they are busy building and installing roofs. We can prevent pricey repair works if we don’t let roofing conditions deteriorate but have a closer look early. Especially if you purchase a house it is vital to do that in the cold season when things get worse on the top of your house with the ice and snow testing the protection of your home.
1. Search for any leakages under your roof
Your house may be covered by snow therefore exterior visual inspection may not make much sense but you can always have a look inside. In the attic look for wet spots, yellow or brown stains on the ceiling! If there are any, the reason must be a leak on the roof. GERARD roofs offer excellent protection against leakages thanks to the interlocking system of the corrosion resistant metal tiles and the underlay applied underneath. Metal roofing can make it less likely, virtually impossible if installed by trained GERARD roofers. The attention to details in the design of every single GERARD tile serves that purpose as well such as the upward bending roof edges, which prevent any leakage of snow water or snowfall underneath the roof coverage. It is of paramount importance since the roof edges are the most critical element on a roof in terms of water tightness and penetration prevention.
2. Ice and snow are not only fun but they can mean danger
If a roof is properly built even an unusual amount of snow should be easy to deal with. However, to protect people and property around the house snowguards or snow stops have to be installed to prevent snow slides. With GERARD tiles you do not even have to have snowguards since the rough surface of the stonecoating can safely keep the snow in its place until it melts.