The time is fast approaching for a visit from Santa. Is your roof prepared for a sleigh full of toys, nine flying reindeer (can't forget Rudolph), and the big man himself? Now is the time to inspect your roof to see if it needs any roofing repairs or complete roofing installation.
Inspecting your roof
First, make sure all kids and pets are safety away from where you intend to ascend to the roof. If you are not afraid of heights and have an extension ladder that is an adequate size, have someone hold the ladder as you climb if possible. There are signs of wear or damage that you can look for that might compromise the integrity of your roof and put Santa and his companions in danger. These include:
- Loose or damaged flashing. These are the metal pieces that act as a covering around projections such as chimneys and vent pipes. When flashing is loose or faulty, water or snow can collect beneath it and destroy sections of your roof.
- Worn asphalt shingles. These shingles are made of a granular material and, when they decompose, can leave debris resembling pieces of gravel. Look in your gutters for small pieces of asphalt and on the roof for worn or curling shingles. If you find evidence of worn shingles, it is time to replace them.
- Warped or rotting wooden shingles. Never attempt to walk on the roof to inspect them. Visually check for warping or rot, and if about one third of them show signs of visible damage, they must be replaced. Santa knows roofs, so he won't attempt a landing on damaged shingles; replace them before structural damage occurs. He has alternative methods for making his deliveries.
- Slate or clay shingles. Check these shingles for damage from the ground using binoculars. They are very durable, but brittle, and can crack when hit by debris or ice from storms. Damaged shingles should be replaced as soon as possible.
Roof repair and roofing installation are dirty and dangerous jobs. If you intend to do the work yourself, there is much preparation involved in covering and securing the area surrounding your house from falling debris. The existing roofing material must be torn off and the new material hauled up to the roof and installed. If you have any hesitation, contact a roofing company. They will often offer a free inspection in order to acquire your business, and will handle everything from start to finish. Keeping Santa safe is an added bonus.Share