Snow and ice can do significant damage to roofs. If you would like to have a healthy and functional roof when spring rolls around, it's a good idea to do some winter prep before the weather turns bad. Here are three things you can do to winterize your roof to minimize damage from environmental elements.
Inspect, Clean, and Repair Gutters
Unless you live in an area where it constantly snows or is always cold throughout winter, the temperature will generally fluctuate, and snow and ice on your roof will melt periodically. Something so minor can become a major problem, though, if your gutters and downspouts are blocked or broken. Blocked gutters can cause water to hang around longer than necessary, leading to ice dams and flooding.
Take a day to inspect and patch any holes and cracks in your roof's gutter system. Although it may not be your favorite thing to do, thoroughly clean out these areas so the water from the melted ice and snow can flow freely from the roof to the ground.
Check Your Attic
The second thing you need to do is check your attic space to ensure it is adequately insulated and ventilated. This benefits you in two ways. First, it helps prevent heat loss. If the attic is poorly insulated, hot air in the home can get sucked into the space, making it difficult for your home to maintain a comfortable temperature.
Second, a ventilated attic will minimize the risk it will get too hot. The heat inside the space can transfer to the roof, causing the snow and ice to melt. This, in turn, can lead to icicles and ice dams. Adequate ventilation can also prevent the attic air from becoming too moist, which may contribute to the development of mold and mildew.
Inspect for Pests
When the weather gets cold, mice, birds, and other pests start looking for a warm place to hang out for the winter. These critters can do quite a bit of damage to your home when making themselves a cozy place to live.
Visually inspect your roof for signs of pests, such as:
- Small holes
- Damaged shingles or flashing
If you see any evidence of pests, call an exterminator as soon as possible to get the animals evicted before the cold weather sets in fully.
For more tips on or help with preparing your roof for winter, contact a roofing company.