The air in winter may be dry, but it is the season when roof moisture damage is more likely to occur. Threats are coming from both the outside and the inside, and that is why you have to seriously commit to maintenance.
So, how do you protect your roof from the negative effects of water in all of its forms during winter?
Clear and Cover the Gutters
Stopping moisture damage begins with gutter health. As your roof’s drainage system, your gutters and downspouts must be clog-free in order to channel every drop of rainwater and snowmelt away from your house. Otherwise, the trapped liquid could freeze, increase the load your gutter system has to bear and cause water to back up and infiltrate the interior of your house.
It should go without saying that your gutters should be clean come wintertime. To keep any debris from getting into them, you should consider installing gutter guards for protection.
Ensure That Attic Insulation and Ventilation Are Adequate
The climate of your attic, the room directly beneath your roof, should be isolated from the rest of the house. Its temperature should be as close to that of the outside as possible to keep roof surfaces cold and prevent ice damming.
With ample insulation, the heat coming from downstairs spaces will struggle to make it into the attic. With sufficient ventilation, the level of moisture is kept under control, which inhibits condensation.
Get Any Openings Fixed
Most importantly, make sure your entire roof covering has no gaps water could use to get into your house. If you have rotten decking boards, it may be best to hire roof replacement experts. This way, you can rest assured that your roof is strong enough to shoulder the weight of snow and has fresh layers of defense water seepage.
Let Neumann Construction ready your roof for the harshness of winter. Call (218) 203-0760 to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation in Brainerd, MN, and let us give your roof a thorough checkup with a free estimate.