Your roof is an important part of protecting your family from the elements. Anytime is the right time to think about the maintenance tips that will help you keep your roof in good condition during the winter months.
Here are just a few things that you can to do protect your roof for the rest of these winter months:
- Roof Inspection. While it’s important to have your roof inspected any time of the year, it becomes increasingly important during the winter. Inspections will alert you to any possible issues, and can help to prevent leaks from occurring. Things like missing, broken, or cracked shingles can easily result in a leaking roof once snow starts falling on it. Theoretically, you should address any issues before the first snowfall in order to prevent wetness from seeping into your home as the earlier you can get a roof inspection done the better.
- Roof Ventilation. It’s important to continuously inspect your roof ventilation during the winter, too. This is so crucial because poor ventilation and insulation coming from your attic can make your home stay cold during the winter, even when your heat is on.
- Gutters. When it comes to winter roof maintenance, many people don’t even think of checking their gutters. It’s imperative that your gutters are clean and free of debris in order for the water from melted snow and ice to pass through them properly. Make sure that your gutters are not damaged in any way either.
- Remove Roof Debris. It’s important to remember that the branches above your home will drop leaves onto your roof. Large amounts of leaves and other debris will collect in overhangs and clog your gutters. Hire a professional to clean your roof and gutters. You’ll thank yourself later when your gutters aren’t clogged with leaves and snow.
- Keep Your Gutters Clean. Clean gutters and drainpipes help drain the water from your roof as snow and ice melt. If water collects in your gutters, it can pose a serious problem as the temperatures dip overnight. Clogged gutters lead to ice damming in your downspouts and gutters. Ice dams keep constant moisture around your home. Standing water can damage your home’s siding and foundation.
Keep your home protected from disaster by properly maintaining your roof this winter. These simple tips are easy to do and won’t take too much time or effort but, the rewards will be well worth it.