Five Tips to Maintain Your Roof for the Winter Ahead
We might not get the extreme cold temperatures that other regions around the United States do, but we do experience a fair amount of ice and cold. Before the weather turns frigid, it’s a good idea to take steps to maintain your roof for the long, cold months ahead. These are five easy things you can do to make sure that your roof is prepared to make it through another winter season.
Check the Flashing
The flashing on your roof is meant to protect vulnerable areas from water and ice. Even if the flashing was installed correctly and has been functioning perfectly, it still needs to be evaluated periodically. Over time, flashing can start to loosen or warp, allowing moisture to get underneath and cause water issues. Make sure that your flashing is ready for ice and cold and performing as it should. While you are checking the flashing, make sure to pay attention to the shingles to spot signs of damage. If you leave a cracked or missing shingle unaddressed, it can lead to rot and other water issues, especially during the long winter months.
Clean Out the Gutters
Gutters are the first defense that your foundation has against erosion and cracks, but only if they are flowing properly. Gutters can take a whole lot of weight, but if you allow dirt and debris to settle, gutters can be weighed down. If you add ice, that is additional weight that will likely lead to either gutter cracks or them tearing away from the home. To make sure that your roof is ready for the winter, clean out the gutters to prevent damage.
Evaluate the Attic Ventilation and Insulation
Your roof is dependent on your attic and can only perform as well as the attic does throughout the winter. Make sure that your attic has the proper ventilation and insulation to help your roof make it through the ice and cold. If your attic isn’t insulated well, it can lead to ice dams if the temperature freezes.
Clear the Roof of Debris
It is important to remove dirt and debris from your roof before the cold makes its way to the Summerville area. If you allow dirt, branches, and twigs to stick to the roof, they can become waterlogged, which can lead to things like roof and shingle rot. It’s a good idea to clean your roof off after the leaves have all fallen.
Hire a Roofing Contractor in Summerville
You can’t see what is going on on top of your roof, which is why it is so critical to have a professional set of eyes to evaluate its condition. If you have damage brewing, it is important to address it immediately before it becomes a bigger and more expensive problem. You’ll also want to try to document any storm damage, especially if you are going to claim it on your homeowner’s insurance.
At Powell Roofing, we understand how important roof maintenance is and want to make sure that you are taking the proper steps to maintain your roof for the future. If it has been a while since you have had your roof inspected, before winter hits is an excellent time to schedule an appointment so we can take a look!