Winter And Your Roof: 3 Tips To Keep Your Roof In Good Shape
Depending on where you live, the "real" winter may not have hit yet. If you have only been dealing with cold temperatures so far, you will want to ensure that your roof is completely ready when the rest of winter arrives.
Tip #1: Clean Your Gutters
Your gutters and downspouts help remove water that drains off of your roof. Unfortunately, if your gutters are not cleaned on a regular basis, debris can cause your gutters to become clogged. When this happens, water will continue to accumulate in the gutters and eventually freeze during cold temperatures. If your gutters and downspouts freeze, this can result in leaks and serious damage to your overall drainage system.
Therefore, it is imperative that you ensure your gutters are thoroughly cleaned and ready for the winter season. If you do not feel comfortable getting up on a ladder and cleaning your gutters yourself, then you should contact a professional roofing or gutter cleaning service who can take care of it for you.
Tip #2: Inspect Your Roof
When was the last time that you had a roofing professional come out and perform a full inspection of your home's roof? If you are unable to recall, then it is time to have your roof looked at as soon as possible. The best way to prevent damage to your roof during the winter is to ensure that you have a structurally sound roof. Any damage will necessitate roof repair right away.
If your roof is compromised, then it will be unable to withstand a major snowfall, or at least there is a risk that it won't be able to. Two of the most common signs of a structurally unstable roof include interior evidence of water damage (such as water stains on your ceilings and damp insulation in the attic) and a sagging roof (especially in the middle).
Tip #3: Don't Get on Your Roof
As the snow begins to fall during the winter, you will probably be tempted to climb onto your roof and remove it to reduce the chances of any roof damage. However, you need to remember that your roof is covered in snow and ice, which increases your chances of slipping and falling and injuring yourself. After all, the chances of this happening without the snow and ice are bad enough. There is also a chance that you could damage your roof. So, the best thing that you can do is to request the help of a professional for roof snow removal. This will keep you and your family, as well as your roof, safe.