With the winter season now upon us, you want your roof to withstand the threats of snow, ice and below-freezing temperatures. The weather at this time of the year can lead to serious roof damage, especially when precautions aren’t taken beforehand. To help minimize roof-related issues during the colder months, consider these effective measures from your trusted roof repair pros:
Ensure Proper Roof Ventilation
Ice dams occur when heat from inside your home and the sun melt snow and ice on your roof. As melted snow flows to your gutters, it refreezes, creating a dam of ice along the roof edges and icicles on the gutters. Water backup can infiltrate the gaps in your shingles, inflicting significant damage to your roof. Before they accumulate this winter, make sure your roof is properly vented. Check the intake and exhaust vents for any obstructions to ensure airflow in and out of the attic.
Inspect Your Roof
Get in touch with your local roof repair contractor to schedule an inspection before the next snowfall forecast. Have the pros assess the system’s overall condition, identifying issues like curled shingles or deformed flashings. The sooner you do so, the better you prepare your roof for extreme weather conditions that might happen over the next few months. Damaged components are more susceptible to the onslaught of ice and snow; if not addressed right away, expect mold growth and rot on your roof’s structural supports.
Trim Back Overhanging Branches
A strong gust of winter wind can cause tree branches to break and fall on your roof, causing damage. The same can happen if they are overloaded with ice and snow. Before winter weather fully sets in, make sure to trim back nearby tree branches, especially those that are already touching your roof and home exteriors. While you are at it, have your gutters cleaned and inspected by the pros as well. A clog-free gutter system keeps water from heaping up and freezing around your roof.
Trust Neumann Construction for your roof replacement and gutter repair needs. No matter the season, our team of professionals is committed to providing you with high-quality products and services that will ensure your home’s year-round protection against harsh elements. Call (218) 270-0009, or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate. We serve homeowners in Brainerd, MN, and the surrounding communities.