Winter Roof Prep Checklist
Winter is a beautiful yet harsh season for any home’s roof, especially if the roof is on an older home that hasn’t been taken care of properly. But we know what you’re thinking: “It’s just my roof! It takes care of itself, right?” Wrong. Even your roof needs to be properly cared for when it comes to the winter months to come. If you’re feeling unsure of how exactly to do that, we can tell you so you won’t feel like you’re in the dark anymore!
The first thing you want to consider is where you live. Is snowfall common and often heavy? If so then taking the measures of calling a professional and having quality grade products such as heat tape installed may be the best way to go. It’s all about your homes specific needs.
But, there are a few simple steps that will help you get ready on your own sans the professionals. Just remember to be careful when using ladders or being on the roof. Safety is always first. Have someone with you to help you if need be. Again, safety is important when working with heights such as your roofs or gutters – we want to make sure everything goes smoothly. So, without further ado, here are your simple tips:
- ·First ensure that you check your gutters. If they are full of fall leaves or any other type of debris it is important to get it removed so that melting snow or the like can flow easily through them. If there is debris in the way it’s more likely that an ice dam could occur or heavy snow could get trapped and break a gutter which would then turn into a repair that could have been avoided.
- ·After this task has been completed it may be best to now carefully inspect the roof. Now, if there are any branches, leaves, and etc that are within your reach without having to get on the roof then it is best to get them as you’re cleaning out the gutter. You may find a stray frisbee up there, or that tennis ball you lost!
- ·As you’re looking for debris to remove also be aware of missing shingles or broken sealant. These shingles protect liquid from getting into your roof, so if either one is broken or looks suspicious it’s wise to get it corrected before snow fall or at the very least be keenly aware of it. The goal is to save money by fixing a small problem now so that it doesn’t develop into a major problem later.
- ·After all of these tasks have been completed it is then time to clean your roof. If you don’t feel comfortable it’s best to have a professional do it. If, you however have experience and feel comfortable then you may attempt it though we do recommend a professional.
By doing these tasks you’re keeping your roof in shape or winter and essentially extending the life of your roof. By doing this you’re saving money, and keeping your home looking pristine.