As winter approaches, homeowners need to take some precautions to make sure their homes are fortified for the cold winter months. Among that to do list, your roof should be a priority. It is the main shield against environmental threats, such as hail, wind, rain, etc. There’s a couple of things that you can do yourself to prepare your roof for the winter, which we have listed below. First Out Roofing also recommends getting a professional roof inspection and regular maintenance to ensure your roof performs in its max capacity.
Keep an Eye on Your Roofline
Your roofline should be straight, so when you are preparing for winter, make sure you check it out. If the roofline is sagging, curving, or dipping, you need to get it inspected. It can be a result of framing issues or a saturated roof deck. Although a little bit of sagging shouldn’t cause many problems for your home, we recommend getting it checked out anyways. Winter is full of precipitation and hail, which can worsen the sagging. It could even lead to a cave-in if we don’t prevent the issue from evolving. If your sagging roofline is accompanied by leaks, it will definitely need a repair soon.
Remove Debris from Roof
Leaves, twigs, and other debris accumulate on your roof over the months. Set a day aside to remove this debris from your roof before the colder days roll around. You want to get rid of the mess before winter begins. If you leave it all there, it will get waterlogged and your roof will be susceptible to water damage under that wet mess. When debris gets soggy, it is a lot more difficult to remove and can clog up your gutters. Don’t let it get to this point.
Clean Out Gutters
Your gutters will have debris in them too. Clean them out completely to prevent clogging. You want them to work smoothly during these winter months, for they are in charge of draining off your roof.
Look for Leak Signs
If you have an attic, check the walls and ceiling for any leaks or water damage. If not, check the rooms under your roof. Common signs of water leaks include streaks running down your wall, damaged floors, mold or mildew, or paint peeling on walls. Water damage is a serious problem that needs to get addressed quickly. If it isn’t, it can damage your home, furniture, etc.
Schedule an Inspection with First Out Roofing
Prepare your roof for the winter by giving First Out Roofing a call today. Our team will be at your home as soon as possible. We inspect, install, repair, and replace roofs at an affordable rate. There isn’t a problem we haven’t seen and haven’t resolved. We handle every roofing project with extreme care and attention, and we get the job done correctly the first time. If you would like a free consultation, just give us a call. Let’s prepare your roof for the winter, with the best roofing services in town!