In this episode, Jerry discusses how to know whether your roof is ready for the winter storms, or not. And how to get peace of mind if you aren’t sure…

RoofLifeB016-130 Podcast Transcription:

Shayla: Thank you for joining us today for the Roof Life of Oregon Podcast. I’m talking with Jerry who is a roof specialist at Roof Life. And, Jerry, we’re coming into the cold season. It’s going to be here before we know it. How do you know if your roof is ready for all the winter storms that are coming?

Jerry: The thing I always ask my clients, because I do get that question, and I will say, well, when a storm is coming to your home and you’re watching the news and they say “we have rain on its way,” how does that make you feel? Does that make you tense up like, I wonder if my roof will make it this year, or are you completely at ease knowing that your roof is sealed and ready to go?

Basically, what’s your leak tolerance? Do you have high tolerance for leaks where you don’t really mind them or do you want to make sure that your house is absolutely sealed up and ready to protect you for a whole other winter? So that’s really what it comes down to is it’s a gut check. How do you feel when there’s a storm coming? Are you anxious or are you at ease?

Shayla: And how do we get to that point where we feel at ease?

Jerry: Have somebody come out and take a look at it. That’s with anything. If you are freaking out about anything in life, the only way to actually calm up down is to talk to somebody, whether it’s your roofer, whether it’s your spouse, whether it’s your friend, your mom, your dad, God, whoever that puts your mind at ease, they’ll help you and they’ll give you the answers that you’re looking for to help you through whatever situation that you’re coming through.

Shayla: And when we call Roof Life of Oregon, what do you guys do? Do you get on the roof? What does that process look like to make sure my roof is ready for winter?

Jerry: We for sure get on the roof. It doesn’t do any good to do a roof inspection, if you don’t actually get on the thing that’s protecting your house. You can’t see what’s going on from the ground. So we’re going to grab a ladder and we’re going to go all the way to the very tip-top of your roof, look at all the components, all the things that keep the water out of your home and keeps everything dry inside of your house. That way you know that you are ready to go for yet another season of rain.

Shayla: And, Jerry, you mentioned components. I think that’s something a lot of people miss. It’s not just the shingles, right? I mean, it could be your skylights that cause you a problem in the winter.

Jerry: For sure. That’s the biggest part. It’s very rare that the actual shingle will leak. It’s all the components that go into your roof. We call them sensitive areas, which are the pipes, the things that vent your toilets, sinks and tubs, your skylights, anytime a roof comes and meets a wall, there’s step flashing, there’s roof to wall, there’s all these technical terms that we can throw at you, but there’s all those areas that we need to look at to make sure that they can take that wind-driven rain that’s pounding into your house, trying to get inside. And by making sure all of those are performing as is, you will be able to have a dry winter.

Shayla: So be able to enjoy your holidays this year. There’s nothing worse than a storm coming in the middle of Thanksgiving dinner and being panicked about that. So you want to avoid that, give Roof Life of Oregon a call and they will take care of you this season. Thanks, Jerry.


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