The official start of the winter season has arrived, but the snow and cold temperatures (especially in Minnesota and other areas of the Midwest) are already. But it’s not too late to prepare your roof for the winter weather! There are many things that can and should be done before the “real” winter weather arrives.
Here’s how you can get your roof ready for what’s to come.
Anything on your roof is a potential hazard during the winter months, especially larger pieces that can damage your roof or slide off onto the ground below. Get up on your roof (or hire a professional) to clear it of harmful debris before they can cause any issues.
Clear Your Gutters
Although it’s not rainy season, you will need to clean out your gutters to ensure water is properly being diverted away from your home. If water is not able to escape your roof, ice dams can build up and damage the roof underneath them. Make sure that all leaves, dirt, and other debris are clean from your gutters.
Trim Surrounding Trees
Heavy snow can weigh on tree branches during the winter, causing them to fall down onto your roof below. This is your last chance to remove any branches that are in “striking distance” of your roof before the severe weather sets in.
Check for Loose of Missing Flashing
Your flashing protects the vulnerable parts of your roof (areas around chimneys, vents, etc.,) that are susceptible to leaks. It’s essential to ensure that pieces of flashing are properly installed in these areas to prevent water from getting inside during the winter months. Snow and ice buildup eventually lead to lots of water accumulation when they thaw, so protect your home by making sure your roof is properly protected.
Inspect Attic Spaces
If you have access to the attic space above your home, take a quick trip up there and look for any signs of leaking. This is your last chance to have problem areas repaired before heavy snowfall and cold temperatures. Signs of a leaking roof include wet spots on the (wood) decking, wet insulation, or mold and mildew growth. You can also look for rusted nails in your roof, which is an indication that water is getting underneath the shingles above.
Make Repairs Now
You can schedule roofing replacement and repair all throughout the winter, but it’s best to have the job done sooner rather than later. If work needs to be done, don’t hesitate to contact a roofing company right away.