Love it or hate it, winter will soon be upon us with all its cold weather, snow and ice. And while this time of years is perfect for winter sports enthusiasts, snowball fights and sledding, it can be dangerous for your roof if you don’t prepare. Here are three steps to get your roof ready for winter before that first snowfall.
Clean and Repair Gutters
Inspect the Roof
After you have taken care of the gutters and downspout, it is time to assess the roof itself. Look at the shingles for any holes, worn spots or damage from branches or storms. Pay special attention to where the shingles connect with flashing, bricks, plumbing pipes, TV antennas and such, as this is a more vulnerable area. If there are any spots that need fixed, make sure to call someone like Roof Advance before cold weather hits. Once there is snow and ice on the roof it becomes more difficult and possibly costlier to repair these areas.
Inspect the Attic
While you are searching around for the Christmas tree and lights, it’s also a good idea to inspect your attic and make sure it’s ready for the holidays as well. Insulation is important for the health of your roof because it keeps the heat in your house where it should be and not escaping under the shingles where it can cause ice dams and other problems. Check to make sure you have adequate insulation and that it’s not blocking anything like vents or soffits. Also check the attic roof for leaks, which, if left unrepaired can cause mold to grow on your roof and in your home.