Is Your Roof Ready For Santa?

Posted on: 25 August 2015

As autumn approaches and the first displays of Christmas wrapping paper begin to appear in stores, you should begin to think about the condition of your roof. Is it safe for an older portly gentleman and eight (or nine-depending upon weather conditions) reindeer? Strong summer storms will take their toll on your roof, and early autumn is the perfect time to inspect it for damage that may place Santa and his assistants in jeopardy. 

What should you look for when inspecting your roof for damage?

Loose, broken, or worn asphalt roof tiles

Heavy rains, strong winds, and hail can result in tiles being loosened, broken, or removed altogether. Broken tiles should be removed and replaced, along with missing tiles, as quickly as possible. If even a small amount of water is allowed to enter the home through a broken or missing tile after winter arrives, cold temperatures will cause the water to freeze and expand, creating an even larger opening in your roof.

If your tiles look worn, faded or discolored, or you notice an abundance of asphalt granules in your gutters, it may be time to replace your tiles. This is a heavy and arduous task, and may be better suited for a roofing professional. Roofers have the equipment and experience to perform more difficult roofing work, and realize the importance of keeping Santa and his assistants safe and your home free of leaks.

If your gutters are full of asphalt granules or any other debris, it's also a good time to clean them. It's easier with a gutter cleaning tool that resembles a narrow hand spade that is made for gutter cleaning. You can do it yourself, but wear gloves.

Loose roofing nails

Roofing nails can pop up from your roof because of variations in temperature that cause the surface of the roof to expand and contract. Hammer in all protruding nails and replace any missing nails, then cover the nail with roofing cement, which can be applied with a small trowel from a can or from a tube with a caulking gun. Loose or missing nails can provide a path for water to enter the home, or injure Santa and his reindeer.

Loose flashing 

Summer winds can cause flashing to come loose or blow away altogether. Flashing is the thin sheets of aluminum used to cover the edge of your roof or around abutments such as chimneys. Flashing should be nailed securely with roofing nails, and the edges and nails sealed with roofing cement. Loose flashing can allow water to seep behind or under it and eventually enter the home. 

The edges are very sharp, so handle flashing with care. It can also cut rooftop visitors, so secure and seal it well.

Take care of your roof while the weather is seasonable, and you will receive the greatest gifts of all. You can celebrate the holidays in a warm dry home with the knowledge that you helped Santa stay safe while completely his yearly visit.