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    Wednesday, October 24, 2018 The Nugget Newspaper, Sisters, Oregon Food & Home
WINTERIZE: Clean roof
gutters and valleys
now to avoid trouble
Continued from page 14
driving up the heating bills. A
little upfront investment can
save money in the long run
— and make your home more
comfortable.
“Windows and doors are
the main culprits of poor
insulation in a home, and
magnetic storm windows
and/or caulking around win-
dows is a good idea,” Pioneer
Restoration emphasizes.
“Also, make sure the weather
stripping around doors is in
good shape and adequately
seals as an air and moisture
barrier. An easy way to check
is to place lit incense and see
if smoke drifts towards win-
dow or door frames. If so,
new weather stripping and/or
caulking is a good idea.”
As Sisters residents
learned at high cost a couple
of years ago, roofs can be
a vulnerable spot when the
snow comes down hard and
heavy and sticks around in
bone-cracking cold.
John Corbett of Elite
Roofing emphasizes how crit-
ical it is to clean gutters and
roof valleys — thoroughly
and more than once in the sea-
son if necessary.
He notes that many homes
in Sisters Country are roofed
in concrete tile, and many of
them are 20 or more years old.
“People do very little main-
tenance on them,” he said.
If water is blocked in
valleys, it moves sideways
instead of down and off the
roof, and infiltrates under
those tiles, causing leakage
and underlayment damage.
Merely sweeping away this
year’s pine needles may not
be enough if there is a layer of
dirt and duff. It’s worthwhile
to get a professional contrac-
tor to check the valleys and
clean the roof so that it func-
tions properly.
Two winters ago, ice dams
caused thousands of dollars
in damage to Sisters homes,
creating water infiltration and
leaving residents desperate to
get rid of them.
Corbett says the first key
to preventing ice dams is
keeping gutters as ice-free
as possible. That’s where ice
dams start forming.
Removing snow as it falls
can help prevent formation of
ice dams and relieve strain on
the roof — if it’s done prop-
erly. Just raking a few feet of
snow off the roof may not get
the job done.
“Roofs are most suscep-
tible to ice dams where there
is a penetration of heat escap-
ing from the attic,” Laredo
Construction reports. “This
usually happens where the
insulation narrows at your
exterior walls where the
rafters meet the wall framing.
If you only remove snow from
the first few feet of your eaves
the ice dam can just simply
start higher up the roof.”
Corbett of Elite Roofing
cautions against removing
snow all the way down to the
singles. That can damage the
shingles. Leave an inch or
snow of snow.
Heat wires or heat tape
isn’t very effective, in
If you only remove
snow from the first few
feet of your eaves the
ice dam can just simply
start higher up the roof.
— Laredo Construction
Corbett’s experience.
“Those do very little,” he
said. “They essentially melt
little mice trails in the snow
that’s on your roof rather than
eliminating it.”
If you do get ice dams,
don’t make the situation
worse — and make roof
repair and replacement work
for contractors.
“If you do get an ice dam,”
Corbett cautioned, “get some-
body professional to remove
it, not just somebody banging
on it with an ax or a sledge-
hammer or any tool they can
find.”
Chances are, at some point
this winter, you’ll have to
get your driveway plowed.
Laredo construction recom-
mends some prep work:
“Before the snow comes,
stake out the areas you want
plowed. When your driveway
is under a foot of snow it is
impossible for a plow (opera-
tor) to see your landscape
lights or sprinkler heads.”
Hopefully, Sisters Country
will have a perfect winter — a
white Christmas and enough
snow to keep drought at bay
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without blanketing our world
for weeks on end. But what-
ever comes, it’ll go better if
you take a little time to pre-
pare now. And there are lots
of professionals in Sisters
ready to help you get those
chores done right.
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