Winter is almost here. It's time to get your roof prepared for the arrival of cold, wet weather. Failure to properly winterize your roof can put it at risk for weather damage. Here are three steps you should take to make sure your roof survives the harsh winter weather.
Schedule a Service Call
Winter can wreak havoc on your roof, especially if it's already in a state of disrepair. Before the cold weather arrives, makes sure you schedule a service call with your local roofing company. Your contractor will be able to take care of the necessary repairs that will help your roof survive the freezing temperatures.
Clean Out the Rain Gutters
If you've got rain gutters, you need to make sure they're cleaned and repaired before winter arrives. You might not realize this but clogged rain gutters can cause serious damage to your roof. This is particularly true if you live in a region that experiences freezing temperatures. When your gutters are in good repair, the water can flow away from your roof.
However, if your gutters are clogged, the rain and snow can seep under the edges of the roof, causing damage to the shingles and the wood below. As the water freezes, thaws, and refreezes, an ice dam is formed. Ice dams can destroy your roofing material. Not only that, but the weight of the ice can cause the gutters to separate from your home. To clean your gutters, simply use a whisk broom to sweep away the debris, and then flush them with your garden hose.
Trim the Trees Near Your Home
If you've got trees that overhang your roof, you need to trim the branches back before winter arrives. There are a couple of reasons you'll need to do that. First, overhanging branches can brush against the roof, causing damage to your asphalt shingles. Second, those low-lying branches provide easy access to your home for rodents such as mice, rats, and squirrels. Once on your roof, they will chew on your shingles, and chew their way into your home. Trimming the trees will remove that access and protect your roof from damage.
Now that winter is just around the corner, it's time to prepare your roof for the harsh weather. Use the simple suggestions provided here to protect your roof. For other helpful tips on how to protect your roof this winter, be sure to speak to a roofing contractor like Kerrigan Roofing & Restoration.