Top 6 Ways to Prepare your Roof for the Winter
The fall and winter seasons are sweeping in, which means now is the best time to check out the conditions that your roof is in so that you can best prepare your roof for the colder weather.
By preparing thoroughly for the winter months, you have a better chance of extending the longevity of your roof. It is important to make sure your roof is safe and secure from any serious damage that can be caused from harsh weather conditions.
El Paso’s weather conditions are not as harsh which makes it an easy preparation overall. The process is simple and with the right guidance, you are able to prepare in the best possible way.
Some great roofing tips for the winter provided will give you guidance to best prepare your home for the freezing temperatures.
6 Ways to Prepare your Roof for Winter:
- Have an Inspection
- Check Gutters
- Check Roof Shingles
- Remove Debris
- Check Attic
- Check Chimney Flashing
- Have and Inspection
There could be multiple reasons for why you may need a roof inspection. Even if your roof only needs a repair or a full replacement, it is important to get a full inspection in order to be completely sure of the procedures that must be taken for your roof to be perfectly prepared for the cold weather.
- Check Gutters
Gutters can become clogged with leaves and debris. In order to prevent any clogging, it is important to clean out the gutters in order to allow rainwater and snowmelt to flow down the drain of your roof properly. It is also essential to make sure that the gutters are properly attached since loose gutters can be a common problem. An overflow may happen if gutters are not securely tightened.
- Check Roof Shingles:
Rough weather can be a threat to your roof shingles.Damaged or missing shingles can be a major reason for overall roof damage. Missing shingles can be a cause of high wind. In general, damaged shingles are the result of exposure to harsh weather conditions. With the accumulation of snow and ice, shingles can become easily damaged by breaking and becoming brittle.
- Remove Debris:
Spouts, drains and gutters get packed with falling leaves and debris very easily. If debris is left untouched, it may cause the debris to be waterlogged, resulting in becoming more prone to water damage. Debris can be easily removed with your hands, as long as you have a sustainable ladder that will be safe enough to use. If this is not a safe task for you to complete, make sure to contact Mountain Star Roofing and we will be happy to assist you.
- Check Attic:
Checking the attic will provide an answer to the reason for any leaks. This can be done by checking for puddles and water spots around the walls and roof. It is important to check your home heater by making sure it is not escaping or getting trapped in the shingles. To avoid this heater issue, make sure that there is an even amount of distributed insulation.
- Check Chimney Flashing:
To check the flashing, access to the roof is needed, so be careful with this part of the process. Chimney flashing creates a seal that is waterproof and protects your roof and chimney from any roof damage. It guards against any water penetration. If chimney flashings are missing, it is important to install new chimney flashings. Problems with the flashings may be the cause for roof leaks. Water intrusion is common near the chimney so make sure to check for that as well.
Mountain Star Roofing Can Help with Your Winter Roofing Needs
Getting your roof prepared for the winter weather is necessary to prioritize. By getting an inspection and repairing your roof, you can be sure that your home will be safe from the cold air and any harsh weather conditions that are to come. Make sure to watch out for any roof damage so that you can take the next steps that best fit as soon as possible. The warmer dryer days are the best times to take care of any roof repairs.
If you are in need of our services, do not hesitate to give us a call! We would be more than happy to assist you and provide you with our services.
Contact us at (915)-881-4446