Temperatures are getting colder, the leaves are changing color and everything is telling us that fall is here. And everyone knows that the snow and harsh temperatures of winter come after fall. But what does this mean for your roof? To start with, it means fall is the time when you prepare your roof for the winter season. Icy winds and heavy snow increase the stress on its systems. This is the time when snow and ice melt, which can cause roof cracks. When the water freezes, cracks become bigger and increase the risk of roof damage.The best way to keep your roof safe is to ensure it’s in good shape before winter. Below you can find easy and helpful maintenance tips.
A roof inspection will reveal the overall condition of your roof and identify problems that should be fixed before winter. Have these inspections twice a year, in the fall and in the spring to assess damages cold temperature may have caused. When inspecting your roof, walk the roof to find areas that require repair and check for leaks.
When inside your home, look around to find evidence of roof leaks. This can be water marks or spots. Then you should look inside the attic for signs of water buildup and improper ventilation. Insulation or rust near vents as well as odors that smell like mildew are signs of nonexistent or poor ventilation. It shortens the life of your roof. Another place to look is near the roof nails for moisture buildup that leads to rust.Replace damaged shingles or the damage will get worse under snow. When the snow melts, the water will cause structural damage. You can also nail down your old shingles for better protection.
Gutters and Downspouts
Debris can easily clog downspouts and clog gutters, preventing water from draining properly from your roof. Removing the leaves and other debris ensures that water drains properly and there is no risk of damage that could be caused by weighted-down gutters.The easiest way to preserve your roof and gutters is to climb a ladder, reach your hand inside and pull out the junk. Always ask somebody to support your ladder and don’t exceed its load requirements.
Clear twigs and leaves from the roof while you’re cleaning the gutters. If you leave them over the winter, they will hold moisture which damages the roof. Damp leaves can also cause mold, so you don’t want them on your roof during the winter.Don’t forget about dead branches that should be trimmed so they don’t collect ice. Otherwise, they can break off, land on your roof and damage the shingles or the roof itself.
Regular maintenance is necessary if you want to increase the lifespan and durability of your roof so be sure to check it twice a year and after major storms, if possible.