With winter just around the corner, it’s critical to prepare your roof for the snowy and chilly months ahead, especially if you want to avoid damage to your property. As a result, you should take preventative actions in advance to save money on maintenance and roof replacement during and after the winter season. This will provide you with adequate time to enjoy the festive season and snow without interruptions or anxieties.
The following are our top six roof care ideas for ensuring your roof can withstand the elements during winter:
Trim Overhanging Tree Branches
Tall trees with wide branches overhanging your home enhance debris accumulation in gutters and roofs. This implies that even after cleaning the gutters, leaves will still fall into them. Such situations can be exhausting, especially in the cold. Trimming the trees surrounding your property will save you time and prevent clogged gutters.
Ventilate and Insulate the Attic
Ice dams can occur on your roof if your attic is poorly insulated or ventilated. They can cause obstructions and prevent water from draining from your roof, which can result in leaks. Additionally, ice dams have been observed to collapse entire guttering systems. It is best to get your insulation and ventilation inspected by professional roofing services.
Get Rid of Debris
Inspect your roof thoroughly. It can easily hold moisture from winter precipitation if dirt or debris has accumulated on it. This is risky because moist debris can cause mold and rot, increasing the chance of roof damage. While you may handle the task yourself, it is advisable to contact roofing contractors. These experts are well-trained and equipped to maintain your roof.
Check Your Roof Flashing
Flashing is a vital component of your roof that helps prevent leaks. Water damage from faulty roof flashing is common. Flashing is usually constructed of galvanized metal or aluminum. This improves the protective mechanism that directs water away from your roof. As a result, water cannot enter your home.
Clean Your Gutters
Check your gutters for ice dams on a regular basis. If your gutters have chunks of ice, you have a buildup preventing proper drainage. If your gutters are clogged with ice and debris, they will not be able to support their weight. This will result in your gutters tearing away from your home, resulting in structural damage and costly repairs.
Schedule a Comprehensive Roof Inspection
Pre-existing roofing damage may be exacerbated by the freeze-thaw cycle – not to mention that cracks in your roof might allow heat to escape, which is why you should have a skilled contractor evaluate your exterior and, if necessary, repair it.
At Neumann Construction, we go beyond roofing and gutter installation to understand our customers’ expectations and timelines for every project. To request a free estimate, call us at (218) 217-4892, or you can fill out our convenient online form. We serve Pequot Lakes and the surrounding areas.