Winter is on its way. Soon you’ll be sipping eggnog and hot cocoa and gathering with friends and family for the holidays.
Do you know what you don’t want to be doing? Dealing with roof troubles.
Many holiday parties have been ruined by the unwelcome frustrations of roof problems in winter. To keep this from happening to you, check out these great roof maintenance tips!
Trim the Trees
While decorating Christmas trees is super fun, that’s not what we’re talking about here. Rather, we’re talking about any trees outside around your roof.
Branches that are hanging over your roof can be a serious issue in the winter. Once they become heavy with snow or ice, they can easily break and fall on your roof.
If the branch is large enough, the damage can be extensive and devastating. It’s also difficult to repair during the coldest months of the year. It’s better to be proactive and limit the possibility now.
Clean Up Debris
Once you get the tree branches out of the way, be sure to clean up any debris they may have left behind. Check the gutters and downspouts to make sure that there aren’t any clogs.
Clogged gutters can lead to water pooling on your roof. Once the temperature drops, the water will freeze, causing ice dams and maybe even damage to your roof as it expands.
Watch Out for Damaged Flashing
The flashing is another important piece of keeping water out of your roof. You will find flashing around the fixtures on your roof like skylights, chimneys, vents, windows, and so on.
Its purpose is to seal off those junctures and funnel the water down to the gutters and off your roof. If the flashing is warped or loose, water can get down inside your roof and start wreaking havoc.
Check for Leaks
While you’re inspecting the flashing, be on the lookout for any other weak spots in your roof that may let water through. Watch out for broken or missing shingles or other signs of wear.
Head up into your attic with a flashlight and check the ceiling. Do you see mold or water stains? These indicate that water is leaking in somewhere. You’ll want to get these leaks fixed before it snows.
Shovel That Snow
Snow and ice are heavy. Depending on how much you get, that weight can become too strenuous for your roof.
Plus, if there’s water on your roof, as temperatures rise and fall, it can freeze and refreeze. This can cause weak spots and even leaks if the expansion pries apart your roofing material.
If you must go up to clear off the snow, be very careful. The roof will be slippery. As a result, this job may best be left to the professionals.
Follow These Roof Maintenance Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday
Enjoy the holiday season without having to worry about roofing troubles. Follow these simple yet effective roof maintenance tips so your roof will be in tip-top shape for winter.
Don’t want to worry about a thing? Contact us today to inspect your roof and get it ready for winter!