Winter is here. Temperatures are plummeting and soon we will begin to see ice and snow everywhere we go. The Farmer’s Almanac informs us that this winter is going to be chillier than normal. The bitter cold temperatures can wreak havoc on our roofs not to mention heavy snowfalls or snowfalls that melt and refreeze. To ensure that your roof is in tip top shape for winter now is the time to inspect and winterize. A little preparation can go a long way in saving your home from serious damage due to the winter weather.
As always if you feel uncomfortable up on your homes roof don’t chance it. Roof repair is something all roofing contractors are used to doing. Call a professional. Not only do they know exactly what to look for as far as damage that is beginning on your roof, they also have the skill and tools to complete the task at hand without issue.
Winter Proofing Your Roof
- Your roof needs to be inspected throughout the year. This is never more important than before the winter season. Not only should you inspect the roof but check out the shingles and the gutters as well.
- Gutters should be free of debris to allow water to flow through them with ease. If there is an issue it is so much simpler to address without piles of snow in the gutters. If the gutter is clogged with leaves ice dams can occur and ruin shingling.
- Your roof should be cleared of all fallen debris. Twigs, leaves and large branches are all detrimental to your roof. Also, stagnant water can be captured and stored more easily under roof debris. This is just one reason that it is better to have a clean roof going into the winter season.
- Check the interior of your home as well. Check the attic for small brown spots that indicate a leak. The same would be noticeable on drywall ceilings. If you spot anything that indicates a leak you must find out where the cause of the issue lies and fix it. If left untreated severe damage can occur.
- Look at the sealant around the roofs perimeter as well as around flashing, chimneys and skylights. Add an extra bead of caulk and sealant around the edges if you suspect any loose or cracking areas. It never hurts to take the old sealant off and replace it with new if you can tell it is aging.
- Once winter is in full swing it is a good idea to purchase a solid roof rake. This one tool can save you a ton of money. When you see that snow is piling up on the roof you can easily remove the snow around the edges. This will help to prevent ice dams and prevent heavy snow loads from piling up on your roof.
Home Pro Roofing contractors offer a variety of roofing services throughout Brighton, East Lansing, Ann Arbor, Fenton and Commerce Township, including installation of shingle roofs, metal roofing and roof repairs. You will find them at http://www.homeproroofingmi.com today.