Preparing Your Roof for Winter

Winter is coming, and in fact, as evidenced by the recent snow storms, it has already arrived in some parts of the country. It is important that you ensure your roof is ready for the harsh winter weather. You want to be sure it is in top condition before winter hits to avoid a major wintertime disaster. Below are some steps to do this.

Clear Off Debris
Be sure you remove things like pine needles, leaves and other types of debris from your roof and gutters. No matter how much debris you have, it can hold moisture and lead to mold or rot which will break your roof materials down. You can get up on your roof if you are experienced and comfortable in doing so to blow or broom off the collected debris from your roof and valleys which are susceptible to water damage.

Check for Cracked, Curled or Missing Asphalt Roof Shingles
Asphalt shingles are usually made with chemical products like petroleum, which preserves them for up to 30 years. However, you could have to replace them after 15 years or so. Spring and fall are a good time to check this type of roof to see if there are any damaged shingles that need replacing. If there are, you can replace shingles individually if there are only a few damaged ones, but if a great deal of them are damaged, you should call in a professional roofer to replace your whole roof.

Inspect the Roof Edge
Your home or business’s roof edge is the key component in defending your building against severe weather. It can become more vulnerable if installation was done improperly, you have incorrect fasteners or the edge has been damaged by time or weather. You should inspect the edge of your roof from on top of your roof and from the ground. Things like standing water, loose metal, faded paint and loose fasteners can be indicators that it’s time to call in a professional roofer to check these issues out.

Check for Ice Dams
During winter, you need to check your roof periodically for ice dams. These can lead to extra weight which can cause substantial roof damage. Using a snow rake or long push broom clear the snow off your roof to reduce this risk. Don’t use hot air or water to get rid of the snow. Also, ventilate your attic well using an attic fan to keep ice dams from occurring and causing damage to your roof as well as the interior of your home.

You can prolong your roof’s lifespan by following these simple tips. Roofing material can become brittle from colder temperatures making it easier for them to get damaged. A few precautionary steps can help ensure your roof lasts you a long time.