When extreme weather conditions occur, it can be very hard on your roof. This is especially true during the winter months. That is why it’s so important to prepare your roof for winter as well as continue to provide maintenance throughout the year. So, what is the best way to keep your roof in tip-top shape all year round?
Inspect Your Roof Regularly
In order to avoid a roofing disaster, it’s vital that you fix any issues as soon as they occur—even minor issues can turn into big problems quickly.
If you notice anything irregular but aren’t sure there’s an issue, it’s a good idea to ask a professional such as those at Two Brothers Roofing of Southern Maryland. Common problems include missing shingles and sagging gutters, but debris and moss can also become problematic in cases. Watch out for areas of discoloration or rust that might indicate a leak as well.
Clean Your Gutters Often
The next item you want to continue doing during the winter is removing any debris in your gutters. A build-up of leaves and other debris can lead to puddling which freezes in the winter. Frozen gutters can crack or even fall if the ice build up becomes sufficient. Be sure to clean your gutters on a semi-regular basis, especially in the fall. You can also install guards on your gutters that prevent larger bits from getting in.
Prune Any Trees Near Your Home
Not only can nearby trees present a fire danger, but trees near your roof can cause damage—especially in a storm. Proper pruning and maintenance can help reduce the risk of fallen branches and toppling trees, though if a tree is so close to your home it may fall on the roof during a storm, you might consider relocating or removing it altogether if possible.
If you can’t or don’t want to move or remove it, try to have it trimmed below the roof line. Topping your trees can also result in a wider, fuller growth that can be quite attractive in deciduous trees.
Install Adequate Attic Insulation
Having proper insulation in your attic is essential during the winter. This will not only help save you money on your energy bill, but it can help keep the heat inside during the winter. It will even help extend the lifespan of your roof.
If you are unsure of how much insulation is in your attic, climb up and find out during the non-winter months. Check the level of insulation and inspect for any damage or pests. The level of insulation your home needs will depend on the climate where you live. If you don’t know what R-value your home has or needs, you can contact a local contractor or look at the U.S. Department of Energy website for a guide.
Snow and ice can be damaging to your roof. These simple steps can help keep your roof and your family as safe as possible this winter. Issues can arise, but if you take care of them quickly, you’ll save time and money down the road.