Winter is no longer coming, it’s here! Before we get anymore of those “Wintry Mixes” make sure you take the time to winterize your roof. We highly recommend that you prepare for whatever this winter season may bring by following this simple checklist to help you stay comfortable, save energy and avoid more major and costly damages in the future.
Roof Inspection and Repairs
The first thing you’ll need to do is have a routine roof inspection conducted (like from Redline Roofing and Restoration) for any weak spots, as these will undoubtedly be exposed by weather elements. Things to check for will include:
Damaged, loose or missing shingles and repair immediately
Vents, flashing and skylights as these can be affected by all types of weather conditions
All valleys and peaks in the roof, because these are particularly susceptible to leaks
Your roof’s underlayment system to ensure that it is equipped with a shield for ice dams and all other water related issues
That your roof is clean – algae growth on your roof can take root beneath the shingles. In freezing temperatures, the algae may expand and expose roofing materials to the harsh weather elements
Your gutters play a vital role in the integrity of your roofing system, more so than you would think. Rusty and/or damaged gutters allows water to penetrate timber, damage your yard and your home’s foundation. Clogged gutters allow water to freeze, creating an ice dam that will lead to a pool of water forming on your roof top, that will result in massive damage to your roof. So be sure to clean your gutters and downspouts to make certain that they are draining properly and there are no leaks, and remove any type of debris, leaves, twigs or any other accumulated materials that can block the drains.
Cutback/Remove Tree Branches
Always make sure that you trim or remove branches that are hanging close to your roof. During a severe winter storm, even healthy tree limbs can become heavy and come crashing down on your roof in high winds or under the weight of snow and ice. These branches falling onto your roof can cause excessive, costly damage, emergency repair and water damage to your home.
Having a proper insulation system in place is like a blanket that will ensure that you and your family are warm over the winter. Take a look in your attic to see if your insulation is in good shape not only to protect your roofing system, but also to help conserve energy and improve your comfort. Check for the following:
Measure that there is enough insulation for your home’s needs and add more needed, ensuring that it is evenly distributed
Ensure that none of it is damp or moldy, and if so, replace it immediately
Make sure insulation is covering the eaves (the part of a roof that meets or overhangs the walls of a building), but not the vents
Advice from the Experts
If you are a do-it-yourself type of Homeowner, it may be very tempting to climb up on your roof to attempt some of these winterizing steps. A word of caution — don’t do it. Walking on a roof is very dangerous. One wrong step or stumble could be disastrous. Furthermore, walking on any roof should be held to a minimum and only performed by professionals (like Redline Roofing and Restoration) to prevent catastrophes and damage to shingles or tiles.
Call us today at 844-787-ROOF to schedule a professional Winterizing Roof Inspection. By doing so, you will help your roofing system last longer, improve the efficiency of your home and ensure yours and your families comfort during the cold months ahead of us.