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.
Consider these maintenance ideas to keep you busy and your home in check as well!
Trim Those Trees
Between your property’s trees dying and the occasional harsh storms, it’s common for dead branches to detach from trees. Unfortunately, if these trees are close to your home they can hit your roof (or siding) and damage it. To avoid paying for unnecessary roof repair, trim the branches of any tree that currently surrounds your house.
When roofs are properly installed and maintained, they are built to hold a decent amount of snow. However, there are times when it snows more than usual which can make your roof more susceptible to roof leaks and potential sagging. When the accumulation exceeds the norm, use a roof rake to relieve your roof of this snow.
Roofs can be damaged from snow, ice, rain, and wind, so it’s important to inspect your roof after a harsh storm rolls through your town. Check to see if there are any missing or damaged shingles, if there’s standing water in the gutters, inspect the flashing, and make sure there’s no debris on the roof or on the property surrounding your home.
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!