Winter is generally the time of year when most areas get the highest level of precipitation throughout the year, which can make leaks on your roof stand out more. If you don't want to deal with a leaking roof this winter, there are some preventative steps you can take this fall to ensure that water doesn't leak into your home, such as:
#1 Replacing Missing Or Damaged Shingles
The first thing you need to do is make sure that any missing or damaged shingles have been replaced on your roof. You can replace the shingles themselves or hire someone to replace them for you. If you decide to replace the shingles themselves, keep in mind that you need to pull out the entire tab of shingles and put a new one in place. Make sure that you slide the new tab of shingles underneath the shingles above the new tab and on top of the shingles below the tab.
If you use nails to secure the new tab of shingles in place, put caulking over the nails. This will seal up the hole that the nail creates and ensure that water doesn't leak through your roof around the nail. Limit the number of nails you use as you don't want to put too many holes in your roof.
#2 Caulk Around Roof Vents & Pipes
Second, check out the roof vents and pipes. Make sure that the base of the roof vents and pipes is even with your roof. If there are any gaps between the base of your roof vents and pipes, you are going to want to seal that space. You can seal up that space by applying roof caulking or roofing cement/tar around the base of all of your roof vents and pipes. Be sure to smooth out the caulking or cement to create an even or flat surface as possible.
#3 Clean Out Your Gutters
Finally, make sure that you clean out your gutters. When your gutters are full of debris, they can easily get backed up. This can cause water coming off your roof to seek other ways of getting off your roof. All that backed up water could damage your siding and the edge of your roof, eventually leading to leaks over time. Cleaning out your gutters will ensure that all that precipitation follows the drainage path you have for water instead of gathering on your roof or damaging the siding on your home.
Contact a residential roofing service for more information and assistance.