Record early snow has already fallen over parts of the Midwest, leading many people to believe that a long winter may be upon us even sooner than expected.
Winter can be tough on all types of roofing, and it becomes almost impossible to repair roofs once they’re covered in ice and snow. Unfortunately, that’s also when your roof is most vulnerable, and if you don’t get roof repairs in early, you may just have to live with that leak or other issue until spring.
Here are some ways to make sure you’re ready for the long winter months ahead:
Get Your Roof Inspected
A thorough inspection should be your first step. Look around indoors for wet spots which may indicate leaks. If you can, check your rafters and the underside of your roof for signs of water damage. Then head to the roof itself.
Remember, certain roof types can be damaged by foot traffic, so make sure your roof is safe before you climb onto it, or inspect it from the safety of a ladder.
Ice can form between components of your roof, prying it open and allowing water to get in. Trouble spots on roofs include cracks, broken or blistered shingles, cracked flashings, and other things that seem like they could escalate into larger issues.
Clean Out Your Gutters
Clogged or poorly maintained gutters can lead to lengthy and expensive roof repairs, and the damage may not stop there. If snowmelt isn’t able to drain properly, it may wash back underneath the roof and flood your home and basement.
The transition from autumn to winter can be especially challenging, since gutters will quickly become stuffed with falling leaves and pine needles. Stay on top of your gutters and clean them out whenever you have a sunny day, even if you have to do it between snow showers.
Take Care of Any Roof Repairs
Being proactive is the key to getting through winter without any issues from your roof. Consider waterproofing methods that can be rolled onto the surface of your shingles, and fix any caulking problems you come across. Replace or repair any metal flashings around chimneys, skylights and pipes.
Roofing contractors are experts in winter preparation and can be a major help in this part of the process. Contact a roofing company near you if you’re not sure where to start, or if you want a professional consultation.
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