During the winter months, there are several things that you want to do to your roof to ensure that it stands up to harsh winter temperatures, snow, slow-melting ice, and winds. Here are four maintenance tips that you should do every winter to ensure that your roof is in good shape.
1. Cleaning Your Gutters
During the winter months, you will want to make sure you keep your gutters clear to get all the water off your roof. There is nothing worse than for the snow to start to melt off your roof and then your gutters to be full of autumn leaves. This can clog the water flow and cause water to back up onto your roof. If this water sits for a while, it can get up under your shingles and cause damage to your roof and your home. Take your water hose and flush out your gutters. If you cannot do so, hire a gutter cleaning company to ensure that your gutters are free from debris.
2. Trimming Trees
Look around your home and determine if you have any trees that are leaning out over your roof or are in danger of falling on your roof. You will want to have these trees removed as soon as possible. Snow laden limbs can fall and do extensive damage to your roof. Weak trees can also be uprooted during winds and cause the need for a roof replacement. Trimming your trees will ensure your roof will not get any damage during the winter months.
3. Removing Snow
If you have a snowstorm in your area, you will want to consider removing some of the snow from your roof. Heavy snowfall can cause structural damage to your roof as well as loosen your shingles. If you do not feel safe removing the snow from your roof, have someone do it for you to help lighten the load and avoid extensive repairs.
4. Getting a Roofing Inspection
The best thing you can do before the winter months is to make sure that you have a roofing inspection. When you have a roofing inspection, the roofer will come out to inspect your entire roof. They will look at the flashing area, which may have leaks. They will also fix any issues that you have. If you are in need of a new roof, they will be able to get the replacement done for you. A roofing inspection can help you to avoid costly repairs down the road. For example, if you have a small leak that is left untreated, it can quickly turn into a large issue. The structure of your home may be damaged, and mold and mildew may become a serious issue. You should have your roof inspected at least once a year to ensure that it can withstand the winter.
Ensuring your roof is in good functioning order before the winter months is imperative so that you do not deal with any damage to your roof or damage to your home. Call Twin Rivers Roofing to inspect your roof for any damage and to fix any roof related issues.