Roof Maintenance Tips for the Winter
With the winter season starting, homeowners need to monitor their roof conditions. Snow and ice can have a detrimental effect on your roof if it is not cared for properly. From cleaning out your gutters to getting a full roof replacement, there are a few things every homeowner should consider before and during the winter months. Take a look at these roof maintenance tips to ensure your roof is ready for the harsh winter season ahead.
Inspect Your Roof
If you can’t remember how long it has been since you last inspected your roof, it’s probably been too long. The main things to look for when inspecting your roof is sagging and water damage, or broken shingles. Significant damage is noticeable from the ground. However, if you want your inspection to be thorough, it should be done by actually getting on your roof. Walking around on your roof presents a dangerous situation, especially during the winter months when your roof could be very slippery from ice and snow. Don’t risk personal injury. Call a professional to come inspect your roof. Not only will they take the necessary safety precautions but they will know exactly what to look for.
Before the snow starts falling this winter, you’ll want to make sure that all of your gutters and downspouts are cleaned out. When leaves and other debris build up in your gutters during the winter, it can lead to the formation of ice dams. This can lead to the meltwater from snow leaking into your attic. Also, if an ice dam forms, it is more likely that icicles will form on the bottom of your gutters. This presents a safety hazard for you and your family, so try to have all of your gutters cleared out before that first snowfall.
Preferably, all necessary repairs to your roof should be done before the winter season comes around. However, repairs can still be done during the winter. All repairs to your shingles, flashing and your chimney can be done as long as your roof is dry and the temperature is above freezing. No matter how small the repair may be, it is recommended that you hire a professional, especially in the winter.
Clear Snow From Your Roof
You may love the winter wonderland look that your house gets when your roof is completely covered in snow but it can cause some serious problems. Heavy snowfall that remains on your roof without melting puts an enormous amount of pressure on your roof and the support trusses that hold it up. This can lead to roof damage or even a collapsed roof, which would be a difficult and expensive repair. Using an extendable roof rake, you should be able to get most, if not all of the snow off of your roof. If you’re having trouble clearing all of the snow from your roof, call a professional to help with your roof maintenance.
Winter Roof Maintenance for Your Home
Keeping your roof in tip-top shape during the winter season is crucial. If your roof is not properly maintained, you could end up with a long list of expensive repairs. The best way to prevent this from happening is to hire a roofing company to inspect your roof and perform the necessary maintenance to keep it functioning properly. Trying to inspect or repair your roof on your own is not recommended. It is a dangerous project that should be left to the professionals.
Home Pro Remodeling understands just how important your home’s roof is and have the knowledge and skill to keep it functioning properly. We offer a full line of roofing repair services including roof leaks, shingle damage, pipe collars and flashing repairs. As a GAF certified South Jersey roofing company, you can be sure that your roof is in good hands. Take a look at our gallery or contact us today to schedule your roof inspection.