BELFAIR, Wash., Dec. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- While Santa and his elves are finishing up toy making and preparing to pack the sled, there's an important job homeowners have to do to prepare for the upcoming Christmas holiday -- make sure their roof is Reindeer-Ready.
Turns out reindeer aren't as "tiny" as the classic story suggests. The average adult reindeer weighs at least 250 pounds. Multiply that by eight (or nine, if you include the shiny-nosed variety), and your roof could have a ton of extra weight to support this Christmas, not including Santa and presents.
To be sure the roof is ready for everything winter has in store, including reindeer, the non-profit Metal Roofing Alliance (www.metalroofing.com) suggests the following roof review, which can be done without a ladder:
- For homes with asphalt shingles, look for black areas indicating cracking shingles.
- For homes with shake or shingles, look for pieces that are curled upward, split, broken off or missing.
- For homes with slate roofs, look for black areas that indicate slate is missing.
- Look for heavy wear around the valleys, the areas where water runs off the roof into the gutters.
- Look at the materials around the chimney and vent pipes and check for cracks, gaps and missing or fractured caulking.
- Check eave overhangs for water damage.
- Use binoculars to check around the chimney, trim and other flashings for signs of cracks, shingles that are coming up off the roof and general wear.
- Conduct an interior inspection for stained or discolored ceilings, which most likely indicates roof problems.
- Check your gutters for asphalt shingle granules. Lots of granules means less coverage on your roof.
- Remove branches, twigs and leaves from gutters and clear out down spouts to allow for snow and ice run off.
"If your roof's not quite ready for the threat of harsh weather and holiday landings, you may want to consider installing a durable metal roof," said Bill Hippard, president of the Metal Roofing Alliance (www.metalroofing.com). "Most metal roofing is installed directly over the existing roof, reducing installation time, and clean-up. Additionally, metal roofs have long-term warranties and provide an eco-friendly, sustainable solution."
Residential metal roofing now comes in a wide variety of styles and colors, ranging from traditional standing seam to shake, slate and tile. For more information, or to find a local metal roofing contractor, homeowners can visit www.metalroofing.com.
SOURCE Metal Roofing Alliance