The last thing you want to have is a damaged roof. Unfortunately, the winter is a time where your chances of experiencing roof damage drastically increases. Why? You can thank the frigid temperatures, snow, and ice that will cause wear and tear, leading to leaks down the road. Here’s what you can do to avoid this costly damage:
Make Sure Your Gutters Are Clear
By now, you should have already cleaned out your gutters from all of the fallen leaves. Since it does take a few weeks for all of the leaves to fall, your previously cleaned gutters will most likely need another round of maintenance. Falling to have cleared gutters during the winter can cause melted snow to pool in your gutters. This will result in possible mold, roof leaks, moldy fascias, and damage due to ice buildup.
Be on the Lookout for Damaged/Missing Shingles
When a roofing shingle is damaged (or missing), it will expose the underlying layers of wood. Any moisture, rainfall, snow, or ice will be able to find its way through the cracks and cause this wood to rot. Once this happens, the structure ot the roof will begin to weaken, taking years off of its lifespan. Perform visual inspections of your roof at least once per season and after every storm.
Prevent Ice Dams and Icicles
Before temperatures begin to sink below the freezing point on a regular basis, make sure you address last year’s ice dam and icicle problems. For those who experience either one of these problems, contact your local roofer to discuss the condition of your roof and the attic insulation beneath it. An improper amount of attic insulation and roof flashing can lead to ice dams forming and leaks affecting the health of your roof.
Before it begins to snow on a regular basis, make sure your roofing system has been prepped and repaired, so you can avoid costly repairs in the spring. When you need an expert installer to help you with this, you know where to find us!