3 Easy Ways to Prep Your Roof for Winter
For many homeowners, maintaining their roofs can be a bit of a challenge when the summer season rolls around. From family vacations and barbecues to pool days and just general fun in the sun, roof maintenance can be pushed to the bottom of the priority list. With less humidity and lower temperatures, many see September and the start of October as the best times to prep their roof for winter weather.
Sound like you? If so, it never hurts to have a few tips to make sure your roof is right and ready for winter. Here are 5 easy ways to prepare your roof for cold weather before the snow falls, and it becomes harder!
A Clean Gutter Today Keeps Expenses Away
Summer leaves and other debris fall into your gutters, it can create some serious problems if left alone for too long. Eventually, your downspouts will become clogged, causing rainwater to overflow your gutters, causing damage to your siding, trim, and roof. When you add on the weight of wet leaves, you’re running the risk of your gutters coming loose from their anchor points.
To prevent severe roofing headaches and repair costs, clean your gutters out as summer is turning to fall. You’ll want to do this one extra time once the trees are bare and all leaves have fallen.
Pro Tip: Get out ahead of the leaves and have gutter guards or screens installed by a professional. Guards and screens help prevent leaves and debris from collecting in your gutters and on your roof. A minor expense upfront for can prevent a bevy of expenses down the line!
A Clean Roof Today Keeps Even More Expenses Away
If you have a collection of pine needles, leaves, and other debris sitting on your roof’s surface, it’s a good idea to have this debris removed. Small bits of debris like pine needles hold moisture and can cause rot and mold, which breaks down your roof’s materials.
You can do this yourself, but make sure you take the proper precautions before doing so. Having a leaf blower can make this job relatively easy and quick. If you are going to be the one doing the cleaning, keep an eye on your roof’s valleys, which are usually most affected by water damage. If you notice serious damage, you call a roofing should call a roofing expert to come take a look.
Once Your Roof Is Clean, Give It Another Once-Over
Once your roof cleaning is done, head back up to the roof (only if you’re comfortable and prepared to do so). While you’re up there, it’s time to scan your roofing structure for cracked edges, missing shingles, shingle abnormalities, and frayed edges on your roof.
Don’t forget to check your chimney, vent stacks and skylights, if you have them. These areas are common culprits for leaks.
Pro Tip: If you’ve got a good pair of binoculars, use them to inspect your roof’s nooks and crannies from the safety of the ground. You can also use them once you’re up on the roof, to save yourself a from walking back and forth too often.
Notice Damage? We’re Here to Help!
Regular roof and gutter maintenance can go a long way towards preventing damage to your home. However, if your roof’s flashing, shingles, chimney, or skylight have leaks or are showing severe signs of damage, it’s always smart to consult with a professional before handling serious issues on your own. Storm Guard Roofing and Construction of Madison WI is here to help – even if you just want to get a free estimate to see how much repairs might cost.
Don’t feel safe on your roof? Not sure what damage looks like? Have questions about our services, certifications, or insurance? We are here to help – contact us now!