How to prepare your Roof for winter
Winter months witness extreme changes in temperature, especially in certain states more than others. Usually, there are predicted snow showers and periods of rainfall, especially in the later winter months – from February to mid-March. The freezing and thawing cycles can be extremely hazardous on your roof, which is why it’s necessary to ensure your roof has been primed to bear up against the elements.
The following tips will help you reduce and altogether prevent damage to your roof throughout the winter:
- Regular Inspection
Roofing experts recommend that you carry out comprehensive roof inspect at least bi-annually to find out whether it has any changes that could affect its integrity. You also need to have it inspected following any extreme weather changes, such as winter storms.
Seasonal extreme changes can wreak havoc on your roof in many aspects. For instance, extreme temperatures result in wearing and shingle damage. Torrential downpours may break the shingles. The result is a roof that leaks and one exposed to the proliferation of other issues in its structure.
Only by regular professional inspection will you be able to stay on top of these minor issues before they escalate to damage other areas of your home.
- Keep clean gutters
Gutters collect a lot of debris over time, most commonly falling leaves from trees as well as dust and other wind-blown dirt. It is essential to keep your gutters unclogged so that water properly directs to the ground.
To clean it, you’ll need a step ladder with an attached bucket as well as a trowel. Use the trowel to collect the dirt and debris into the bucket. Finally, you can use a garden hose to remove any stuck debris. Ensure the hose points the direction of the downspouts. If you have loose gutters, water or debris accumulating on it add extra weight, which could cause the gutters to simply fall off.
Gutter cleaning and repair using a step ladder should be done very carefully, and may be unsafe for those who haven’t done so before. If you are unsure, you had better hire professional contractors for the job.
Do not put off gutter maintenance since the debris and dirt can make its way into the downspouts, causing blockage that is much harder to remove. In addition, clogged gutters encourage formation of ice dams as well as other water-related issues in your roof’s interior.
- Insulation and ventilation
Insulating and ventilating your attic is especially important to prevent formation of ice dams. These actions reduce the occurrence of warm spots on your roof. Such warm sections in the winter cause snow to melt and in turn freeze to ice when they get to the colder sections.
If you live in areas that experience extreme weather conditions such as Ohio, it’s a good idea to engage the services of a professional contractor when preparing your roof ahead of the winter months. This will ensure that you are sorted come winter, and you can pass the cold season with one less thing to worry over.