The wintertime is known for a time to build snowmen and go sledding, but it is also a period when most harm and damage is done to roofs due to storms and homeowner negligence. When powerful ice storms hit and the homeowner has failed to prepare their roof, various parts of the roof and home can be severely harmed. Such harm will result in costly expenses to get everything prepared, but if you use these tips to prepare your home for the wintertime, you might not have to worry at all.
Clean Out Your Gutters
Your gutters are extremely important to the integrity of your roof and home, but in order for them to work properly, they can’t be clogged up. If this happens and a winter storm hits, you are faced with serious issues. From the gutters being weighed down by all the ice, to multiple types of debris becoming stuck in your gutters and damaging the system, one thing is for certain––your roof is going to need some repair if not treated. With that being said, it’s important to remember to clean out your gutters and protect your roof before a winter storm causes additional damage. This can be done by either climbing up a ladder to clean out the gutters yourself, or go the much safer route and have a professional do it for you.
Check For Visible Leaks and Damage
While on the ground, look up at and around your roof to determine if there is visible damage. Be sure to check for any misaligned shingles, visible holes, and anything that looks a bit ‘off.’ By having this information in your knowledge before the frigid winter storms hit, you can have it properly repaired as soon as possible.
Properly Insulate Your Attic
It might sound a bit odd, but having the right insulation could really impact your roof’s viability. Most attics are directly underneath the roof, so if there is not the right amount of insulation, heat from inside could escape and melt the snow outside. When the snow melts, it travels into crevices and your gutters before freezing back up causing the gutters to be weighed down. Because of this, it starts the cycle of cleaning out your gutters all over again. However, with the proper amount of insulation, you won’t have to worry.
Trim Back Overhanging Trees
If you have any trees or branches hanging directly over your roof, consider trimming them back before a potential severe winter storm causes those branches to fall and damage your roof. Not to mention it also eliminates the risk factor of leaves and other debris to possibly clog your gutters.
Schedule a Roof Inspection
When it comes down to it, the best advice for keeping your roof from taking serious damage this winter is by scheduling a roof inspection with a professional. A professional roofing contractor has the experience and knowledge necessary to properly inspect and prepare your home for the winter season. A thorough roofing inspection details exactly what must be done in order to maintain or repair the structure and integrity of your roof.
Ready to schedule your roofing inspection? Contact Dowell Roofing, serving Murfreesboro, TN, today! We are here to help.