How to Prepare Your Roof for Winter

Large icicles on Townhouses after heavy snowstorm

As a New Yorker you know that snow in the fall isn’t surprising anymore. Fortunately, it is late November and it hasn’t snowed yet. Embrace this miracle and use this time to finish all of your pre-winter maintenance. Preparing your roof for winter is especially important to do before the first snowfall.

  • Look It Over – First things first, head up to the roof and inspect it thoroughly. Check each part of the roof including the shingles, soffits, chimney, etc. Repair or replace anything that is cracked, curled, or exposing the sheathing underneath. Don’t forget to check the ceiling of your attic for any wet spots from roof leaks.
  • Gutter Maintenance – Gutters can cause roof damage when they are clogged. Water or snow can overflow the gutters, leading to roof leaks and property flooding. Be sure to clean gutters of any leaves, mulch, sticks, and broken shingle pieces. Once the gutters have been cleaned, make sure that each piece is connected and secure.
  • Plug It Up – Some parts of your roof require a special caulking to seal any slits and openings. This caulking will prevent any water from seeping into the roof and compromising the structure. Check each area of the roof where pieces meet and make sure the caulking is holding up. If it looks worn or shotty, proceed to fill the area with this special roof filler.
  • Roof Insurance – Flashing is one of the most important parts of your roofing system. It is the first line of defense in preventing water from entering through the roof. A properly installed piece of flashing is like an added insurance policy to your roof. Since flashing does not last as long as shingles, repairs and replacements should be made throughout the life of your roof.

Winter isn’t here yet, but it’s certainly on its way! Before the snowfall and harsh temperatures show their ugly faces, make sure your home and roof is ready. During your inspection, if you happen to notice anything that needs repair then you should call a professional to fix it for you. The experts at Preferred Exterior will help prepare your roof to battle the winter of 2016. To learn more, or to schedule a free estimate, give us a call at (516) 354-7252.

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