The leaves are starting to fall and you may notice a chill in the air. That can only mean one thing: winter is coming! While your first instinct might be to break out the festive decor, you should also take care to ensure that your roof is ready for winter.
Your roof is the barrier that stands between your family and the harsh weather. Thus, you want to make sure that it is functioning well to keep you warm and cozy all winter long. Taking a few simple steps to avoid winter roofing problems before the cold weather sets in will help your roof withstand whatever weather conditions you face this winter. Here are 5 simple things to focus on:
The first step in preparing your roof for winter is looking at your roofline. Your rooflines should be straight, so any dipping, curving, or sagging are signs your roof may need some work. In the winter, ice and heavy rain can damage your roofline.
If you’re noticing issues, a professional roofing company like the pros at Bristlewood Roofing & Remodeling can install the proper ventilation system to protect your roof’s edge from such damage. And while you’re out checking out your roof, take a look at your roof’s edges for any changes in pitch to figure out if you may need new flashing.
Chimney flashing is the strip of metal that seals the intersection of the chimney and your roof. This is one of the most common spots for roof leaks to develop, so you should be sure to check this annually. Leaky flashing can often be mistaken for a leaky roof but is often an easier fix.
Check to make sure your flashing doesn’t appear to be loose or damaged, and that the caulk holding it in place hasn’t cracked or deteriorated. Also, keep an eye out for any signs of water intrusion near the chimney.
If your roof has any cracks or leaks, the first place that will show damage on the interior is your attic. Inspect your attic by checking for any moisture damage and leaks in the walls. Signs of a leak include water spots on the walls, wet roof decking, and puddles of water on the attic floor.
If you discover any evidence of water damage in your roofing system, schedule a professional roof inspection right away. It’s important that we get your roof back into top condition before the winter storms arrive and cause further damage.
- Trim Trees
While trees can add helpful protection from sunlight during the summer, they can damage your roof in the winter. Branches blowing in the wind can scratch shingles and dent your roof on impact. Trees with needles, leaves, or fruit can drop debris onto your roof and cause mold and mildew. That’s why we recommend you trim or remove these branches before winter to eliminate the risk of branch-related damage during winter storms.
Your roof may collect leaves, dirt, and debris over time. Since this debris holds moisture, the dirt and leaves on your roof could clog your gutters and grow mold on your roof. Cleaning debris from your roof and gutters encourages healthy water drainage and protects the structural integrity of your roof.
While you carefully clear off your roof and gutters, keep an eye out for damage. There are always telltale signs if your roof needs repairing or replacing.
Winterize Your Roof Today
A professional roofing company understands the technicalities of roof warranties and what types of damage insurance companies cover. Our team at Bristlewood has experience dealing with all aspects of roofing: replacement, repair, asphalt shingles, cedar shake, flashing, storm damage, and more! Hiring a professional company is the ideal way to prepare your roof for the winter. So don’t delay – get started on preparing your roof for winter today!