Readying Your Roof for Winter Rains

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No matter what type of roof you have, it's a good idea to get prepared for the upcoming rainy season. Michael Cobb, General Manager of General Roofing Company, a Diamond Certified company, suggests that you do your own visual inspection or have a professional check now for signs of deterioration, clear out all build-up from the gutters and flush them out, check all flashings around chimneys, vents and skylights for broken seals, and clean debris from the roof.

If you have a pitched roof with composite shingles or a shake roof system, Mr. Cobb says you'll want to replace missing, cracked, or broken shingles or heavily curled wood shakes. If you have a flat roof system with tar and gravel, look for bare spots which might need touching up. Some flat roofs have been treated with a reflective coating. These systems should be re-coated every 5-7 years to provide the most protection.