Tips on preparing your roof for winter

Tips on preparing your roof for winter


Some people love the sound of rain, but nobody likes the drip, drip, drip of a leaky roof. So start your fall home inspection from the top, taking a good look at the condition of your roof. Curled, damaged, loose or missing shingles are signs that your roof may be compromised.

"Problems can arise anywhere on the roof, but more often than not, the best areas to check are generally where shingles meet any wall, chimney, skylight, pipe or other flashings," said Jeff Durocher, of Jeff Durocher Roofing in Little Falls.

A loose shingle doesn’t seem like much cause for concern, but it can lead to bigger problems. As Durocher noted, "if it blows off, becomes damaged in a storm or if there is a few feet of snow on the roof, the result can be a serious leak.Sometimes problems won’t be seen until expensive interior damage is already done. This makes what would have typically been a simple maintenance repair job much more invasive, requiring tearing up an area of roofing and removing and replacing rotted wood from scratch."

Before climbing a ladder to check out the conditions on the roof yourself, however, consider that a thorough inspection should really be left to a pro. "Some people may be tempted, but if your shingles are sliding out of place in one area, who is to say others won’t slide out from under your feet when you’re attempting a repair," cautioned Durocher. "Plus sometimes what looks like a small problem, can really be much worse. A professional may notice things that a homeowner cannot."

Although he doesn’t recommend leaving a roof inspection to a do-it-yourselfer, Durocher said you can also check inside your home for telltale signs of trouble. He recommends examining the ceiling for stains. Water stains usually have a dark ring around them and get larger and darker after it rains. Take particular note of what Durocher called "flashing regions," the walls and ceiling around skylights or chimneys.


Here’s one way to keep your heating bills low: seal leaks due to cracks around your home’s windows and doors. Weather stripping is an inexpensive solution, but it can deter-iorate, so check it and replace it if necessary.

Caulk is another easy remedy for drafty gaps not only around doors and windows, but for places on an exterior wall where cable, phone, electrical or gas lines enter the house. If there is existing caulk, make sure it isn’t cracked or damaged. If it is, scrape off the old stuff and re-caulk.

Test for drafts in all of these areas on a windy day now, and take appropriate measures before the temperature drops to freezing.


Chipped stairs and loose railings spell potential disaster, as do damaged walkways and driveways. And the danger is exacerbated when conditions outdoors are slippery and icy. Minor repairs to concrete surfaces are easy, however.

Clean out the crack thoroughly, using a wire brush. Then apply a concrete repair caulk or crack filler, which you can find in any home improvement or hardware store. You can also find patch kits for driveways, working the same way. But leave major repairs to large cracks, stairs and other concrete surfaces to a professional.

Finally, a few last words to the wise from Durocher, "A homeowner should look at their property before the bad winter weather comes and always look as often as possible. There may be problems a professional contractor can correct with simple standard maintenance. Being proactive with your property will go a long way in making sure your home is prepared for the most crucial months of the year."

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Right now falling leaves, twigs and other wind-blown debris are not just covering your lawn, they are clogging your gutters and drain spouts. Cleaning the gutters is a minor task but it’s of major importance.

Said Tom Stachelrodt of North Jersey Gutter Topper in Ridgewood, "Clogged gutters in the winter prevent rain and melting snow from flowing away from your house, causing snow and ice buildup on your roof and gutters. This extra weight can result in gutters that pull away from or fall off the house. It also causes ice damming, which is a buildup of melting snow and ice that can [leak into] your home."

Clean, unobstructed gutters, on the other hand, head off potential water damage to the roof and also to siding and even your home’s foundation.

Cleaning the gutters yourself is relatively easy. You’ll need a trowel, or work gloves, to scoop out twigs, leaves, dirt or any other bits of things — including insects and other critters that may be nesting in there.

You’ll also need a sturdy ladder. Never stand on the roof and lean over to do the job. That’s dangerous.

Once you’ve cleaned out everything, flush the gutters with water, using a garden hose. Then make sure the downspouts are clear and nothing is lodging inside them.

However, Stachelrodt cautioned, "Cleaning your gutters once or twice a year does not guarantee clean gutters. You should clean them at least six times a year to ensure the flow of water away from the house."

You might consider installing gutter screens or gutter guards. A gutter guard is a product made of aluminum or super-fine mesh screening or perforated metal that goes over the existing gutter or it can be a heavy-duty brush that sits inside the gutter to prevent clogs [resulting] from the buildup of leaves and other debris.

Coconuts as option for roofing?

Growing interest in coconut cultivation seen after successful festival

From copra to piña coladas, the coconut has a wide range of uses. Now it is making an appearance as a possible roofing material.

A team of students and professors at the Institute of Technology of Colima (Itec) has developed an alternative roofing product made from the husk of the coconut.

During a first stage, the team replaced the commonly used fiberglass with coconut fiber, mixing it with a polyester resin to meld all the elements. After the product didn’t provide the expected results, the team decided instead to try coir, the fiber in the coconut’s outer husk.

Professor José Ricardo Moreno Peña explained that a key motivator in their research was creating a sustainable product. The coconut fiber is usually discarded as trash or burned, and is readily available throughout the state.

Early tests have shown that the uniquely-shaped sheets of roofing are strong but Moreno said more testing will determine their structural tolerance to determine if it can be used for building.

The product is also something that people can make themselves.

“Our purpose is to offer safe self-assembly alternatives for people who with their own work will be able to produce this sheet roofing. Our product will provide a shelter from the elements from the get-go, but we plan in future design stages to add a thermal resistance element,” said Moreno.

Once the technical feasibility and resilience of the sheets is satisfactorily tested, the team will focus on further improving the product.

Architecture and design student Joel Vargas Montes said the sheets are different from any others currently available on the market.

He said they are composed of pyramid-like structures that distribute the load throughout the sheet.

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The recently-held Guyana Coconut Festival has been deemed a success as more people are expressing interest in cultivation that could boost the revival of the industry.

“A lot of people have been waiting on the opportunity to invest in coconut and that was what we actually wanted to get out of the festival,” Raymond Trotz, a producer and Chairman of the National Stakeholders Platform (NPS), told Stabroek News in an interview.

The festival, held from October 21 to October 23 under the theme ‘Awakening the Sleeping Giant,’ was part of the activities planned for Coconut Awareness Week.

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What indicates holes in flashing?

Holes in Flashing

Rainwater will penetrate wherever there's an opening, and there are a lot more than the average person realizes. Check out the underside of the roof for wetness or mold around points of penetration (plumbing vents, chimneys), wherever different roof planes intersect (valleys) and near dormers. *These are signs you've got holes in your flashing or that the flashing was installed wrong.

Flashing refers to thin pieces of impervious material installed to prevent the passage of water into a structure from a joint or as part of a weather resistant barrier (WRB) system.


How can I tell if my roofing material is defective?

Once rainwater breaks into your house, it can be very elusive. You may not find water directly below a penetration point. Keep in mind that water may travel sideways before passing through a joint in the roof sheathing, and may travel in a horizontal joint before falling on the floor or ceiling. If this happens, there may be a problem in the roofing material.


How much water does a roof collect in a 2 inch rainfall?

Of Roofs and Rainfall

One very obvious source of moisture and/or water in your basement is rainwater. During a hard 2 "- rainfall, a 1,000-square-foot roof will collect about 250 gallons of water, dying to get into you nice dry basement. If you have four downspouts, that averages out to about 63 gallons (240 l) per downspout location. Check your roof thoroughly for leaks and repair them as soon as possible. The longer you let the problem occur, the worse the damage will be.


What are the most common sources of a leaky roof?

Common Sources of Roof Leaks

Every time it rains, your roof is under attack from liquid invaders from the sky, seeking to breech your home's defenses and steal your right to be warm and dry (well, that's one way of looking at it). Rainwater is quick to exploit any weakness in the integrity of your roofing defense system. Roofing materials can wear out, break, rust, blow off, or otherwise fail and give moisture the opening it needs to do its damage. Most commonly rainwater finds its way through the roof by way of a chimney, plumbing vent, exhaust fan or skylight, flashings when the sealant joints around these penetrations crack and fail. Look for potential chinks in your home's armor in the following areas:

  • Old or defective shingles can curl and crack, allowing moisture intrusion. If old shingles aren't removed before new roof shingles are applied, it can reduce the life of the new roof. 
    • Chimney caps can crack allowing water inside the chimney. 
    • Gutter flashing can fail, forcing rainwater to set up camp between the roof and gutter. 
    • Flat or low pitched roofs have unique maintenance needs and are susceptible to water problems because they may not drain as quickly as roofs with a steeper pitch.

Flat roof drains or scuppers can clog and hold water on the roof, increasing the risk, not only of a leak, but of a possible collapse of the entire roof under the weight of the water. The price of dryness is eternal vigilance. Keep possible penetration points well sealed and maintained and you will have nothing to fear from raindrops falling on your roof. You don't need a guide to roof protection and repair to know that prevention is your best defense.

Where do I start looking for a leak.


Locating a Roof Leak

When it comes to leaking roofs, many homeowners are looking for leaks in all the wrong places. You no longer have to be one of them. The first and perhaps most obvious place to look for a roof leak is directly above the leak in a ceiling or exterior wall. Use a flashlight to inspect the attic floor over the leak while it's raining. If you see standing water, water stains, mold, wet insulation or other exposed insulation, you've found what you've been looking for.

What do I do about a leaky roof?


Preventing Roof Leak Damage

A leaky roof can be a pain forever, if not taken care of promptly. As soon as you spot water coming in, stains, or mold, take immediate action to limit damage. Hire a professional to nip it in the bud or go to the library and pick up a guide to roof protection and repair so you can handle it yourself. Locate the leak from inside and then take steps to control the damage until you can have a suitable outside inspection and repair done. Remember, your leaky roof won't get better with age and won't repair itself.

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Polymer waterproofing membrane market share may witness highest gains at over 7%. These products are applied to treat porous surfaces and prevent water migration through substrate or seams. PVC, thermoplastic polyolefins, polyurethane and EPDM are polymers used in product manufacturing process. Key advantages include water resistance, full surface adhesion, water vapor permeable and flexibility.

Liquid waterproofing membrane market size may witness average industry growth at over 6.5% and register close to 2.5 billion sq. meters by 2024. It is mainly used for roofing due to properties including elongation, strength and durability. They are used as substitutes to prefabricated sheet membranes in roofing applications as they offer flexibility in roof coating in complex structural design and refurbishment tasks. However, lack of awareness and limited producers may hinder industry growth.

Key raw materials, polypropylene and bitumen, are used for product manufacturing. Fluctuating crude oil costs and reseller margins along with raw material unavailability will challenge the industry. These raw materials may witness tight supply dynamics and affect waterproofing membrane market price trend.

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1.U.S. bitumen waterproofing membrane market size should witness growth at 5.5% in revenue terms and may surpass USD 315 millionbusiness by 2024. It is manufactured in two graded including styrene-butadiene-styrene (SBS) bitumen and atactic polypropylene (APP) butadiene.

2.China sheet waterproofing membrane market size may witness over USD 290 million sales by 2024. These are produced in factory and brought to the application site in the form of rolls which are unfurled and laid on surface.

3.UK waterproofing membrane market size may generate over USD 550 million by 2024. Growing concern towards waste and water management should stimulate industry growth in the region.

4.Demand for wall construction may witness over 6% growth during the forecast timeframe. Generally, liquid applied products are more preferred on walls on account of maintaining its aesthetic features and lower cost.

5.Building structure industry in Brazil may witness growth at 7%. Growth in construction spending should drive regional demand.

6.Global waterproofing membranes market share is fragmented. Key players engaged in this industry include Sika AG, Pidilite Industries., BASF and Paul Bauder GmbH. Other major participants Kemper System, Dow, DuPont, GAF Materials, Fosroc Ltd., and CICO Technologies.

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    • Mexico
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Belgium
    • Netherlands
    • Luxembourg
    • Russia
    • Austria
    • Czech Republic
    • Poland
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • South Korea
    • Australia
    • Indonesia
    • Malaysia
    • Thailand
  • Latin America (LATAM)
    • Brazil
  • Middle East
    • Saudi Arabia
  • Africa
    • South Africa

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