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Imagine for a second that you’re leaving for work one morning when you spot a few shingles lying on the front lawn of your Connecticut home. The storm last night didn’t seem too severe, but as you look up at your roof there are missing or damaged shingles everywhere.

This isn’t how any homeowner wants to start their day, especially if your roof isn’t old. But even the best roofs can struggle to hold up to the elements, which, as we all know, can include:

It’s so easy to think that as long as you have a strong roof with quality shingles, your home will be protected for years to come. While that’s an extremely important start, don’t overlook your gutters.

Gutter damage in Connecticut is often the most overlooked reason why roofs fail and stunning properties sustain significant damage due to the elements — even when the roof itself is in peak condition. When working properly, your gutters direct water and debris away from your foundation, walls, doors, and windows. These are things your roof simply can’t do alone.

Why Roof Inspections Are Important

We all want our home to look nice. From the carefully crafted landscaping that makes our humble abode the envy of the neighborhood to picture-perfect blinds and shutters and how we choose to decorate everything inside the front door, it’s all we can think about. And yet, we often overlook the one element that ties everything together and makes our home a home — the roof.

Sure, a roof can be seen as nothing more than beams, plywood, and lots and lots of shingles. But it’s so much more than that. It’s a home’s first line of defense from the elements and, as a result, suffers the most from repeated hailstorms, damaging winds, and insane temperature changes.

Why Winterizing Your Roof is So Important

We’ve all heard the declarations; “winterize your car”, “winterize your pool”, “winterize your boat”, “winterize your roof”, wait…what…? Winterize your roof? Who does that and what does that even mean? We’re going to figure that out along with key pieces of information that will help keep your roof lasting a long time and your house free from leaks.

Until you’ve actually been forced into knowing a lot about the roof on your house, you’ve probably taken it for granted. However, it's important to realize that there are many aspects to your roof that if neglected, can lead to much bigger problems throughout the rest of your house. Before we talk about winterizing your roof we have to understand its makeup. Your roof is made of over a dozen different parts, that when combined, provide you with a house that's consistently clean, dry and well ventilated.

To start, frost shows up in the attic when moisture-laden air from the house gets into the attic. That’s about it, pretty simple. When the moisture gets into the attic, it condenses on the roof sheathing in the form of frost. The frost itself doesn’t do any damage, but once it melts things get wet, which is when the damage occurs:

  • Melting frost can lead to deteriorated roof sheathing.
  • Mold on the roof sheathing.
  • Wet insulation.
  • Water stains on the ceilings.
  • All bad stuff, you definitely don’t want frost is your attic.
  • Frost comes from air leaks

Although winter comes as no surprise, many of us are not ready for its arrival. If you are prepared for the hazards of winter, you will be more likely to stay safe and healthy when temperatures start to fall. It’s every homeowner’s dream to enjoy their winter safe and keep warm round the clock. All set for winter?

Accumulation of snow and ice on the roof top could be detrimental if not removed for a long time.

At MJT Roofing, when we think of ventilation, things that might come to mind are fresh air or a cool breeze. Just thinking about a gentle breeze swaying through the treetops conjures up pleasant memories. But what about your roof? Bet you didn’t see that one coming! The fact is, just like most things, the roof of any house needs ventilation too. But why? What makes it so important that we’re devoting time and resources toward, of all things, the roof of your house?

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