The leaves are dropping as well as the temperature. Winter is right around the corner and before you know it, we’ll be seeing frigid lows, record snowfall, and plenty of pumpkin spice promotions. Preparing for the months ahead may seem overwhelming, but every effort made now will definitely pay off. Your roof is the main barrier protecting your family from the harsh elements, so it’s important to maintain its condition to avoid potential risks. The following are our top suggestions for how to get your roof ready for winter.
Clean Your Roof and Gutters
Throughout the year, your roof collects dirt, leaves, sticks, and debris. These either pile up on the surface or get pushed into gutters during rainstorms, trapping and holding onto moisture for long periods. If not addressed in a timely manner, such debris can reduce drainage, accelerate degradation, and harbor mold, mildew, animals, and small plants. Begin preparing for winter by thoroughly washing your roof and cleaning your gutters. The process is simple enough, especially if done on a regular basis. Use a simple garden hose to spray water on your roof to assess its current level of drainage. With some luck, the flow will carry most of the small stuff with it. However, if the downspouts appear to be clogged, you’ll want to grab some gloves and climb a ladder to clear a path. Professionals would be happy to assist with this if you are unable to do this or uncomfortable with heights.
Trim Tree Branches
Trees are beautiful editions to most properties. Sadly, they can lead to problems down the road if not cared for properly. Twigs and branches can scratch singles and damage any roof over time, while high winds and snowfall compound this danger. It’s necessary to trim back any branches hanging above your roof to reduce the risk of damage in the short- and long-term. Tree trimming is no easy task, though, even for the experienced and able-bodied. Consider contacting an arborist or another industry professional before undertaking a major project to avoid injuries and ensure the job is done right.
Schedule a Roof Inspection
Roof health is essential to keep a structure dry, safe, and valuable over its lifespan. Inspecting your roof regularly will alert you to early warning signs that need addressed immediately. While it may be difficult to know what to look for if you’re a new homeowner, professional roof inspectors are trained to identify exposed nails, broken shingles, rusted flashings, damaged valleys, leaky gutters, cracked sealant, and other signs of wear. They will bring to light any problems invisible to the untrained eye and offer their advice on how best to address them. Whether the roof is brand–new or decades old, we recommend scheduling an inspection at least once per year. We’re proud to offer free roof inspections to homeowners in Lincoln, Nebraska, and surrounding areas. Our team would be happy to assess your roof’s condition and provide a thorough report including some simple and affordable maintenance solutions.
A professional inspection will establish the status of your flashings, shingles, gutters, and pipe vents. The next step in preparing your roof for winter involves addressing any issues as soon as possible. If your shingles are dry, cracked, or losing granule adhesion, consider a Roof Maxx rejuvenation treatment to maintain and extend the life of your roof. Every treatment includes a comprehensive tune-up of your entire roofing system prior to application in order to repair leaks and minor damage. Regular upkeep is critical, because the sooner repairs are made, the better prepared it will be to weather harsh elements in the future.
Homeowners must be proactive to prepare their properties for winter. Unfortunately, roof maintenance is often neglected despite being the single most important factor influencing a roof’s lifespan. Be sure to address clogged gutters, damaged shingles, and overhanging tree branches before the first snowfall of the season. Schedule a roof inspection to find problem areas and complete the necessary repairs immediately. For more seasonal tips and information about general roof maintenance, please feel free to contact us today.