Making Sure Your Roof is Prepared for Winter Weather

Roof in WinterWhile you clean up your yard this fall, take the time to make sure your roof is prepared for winter. From ice and snow to heavy rains, your roof takes a beating every winter; however, proper preparation can protect you from a roof leak.

Check and Fix Leaks

If your interior ceilings have discoloration, it could be water spots that indicate a leak. Ignoring these warning signs is dangerous and pricey; you’ll save money and protect your home by taking action whenever you notice discolored spots.

Get up on the roof and inspect the flashings, vents, and shingles. Look for areas where shingles are broken, chipped, or missing. Check how the flashing is sealed; over time, the flashing degrades and water can trickle in.

Have a professional roofer out to seal flashings and replace shingles before winter comes, when your roof will be a target for snow, ice, and rain.

Clean Gutters and Downspouts

After the autumn leaves have fallen, it’s time to clean out those gutters and downspouts. When the gutters are clogged with leaves and debris, water cannot drain away from the roof or the foundation of your home. You could wind up with water damage, mold, ice dams, or heavy icicles that tear the gutters away from your home, thus causing significant roof damage.

Have the Roof Inspected

If you’re reluctant to get on the roof yourself, have a professional roofer do an inspection. A roofer can check the flashings, vents, and shingles, clean the gutters, and remove debris from the roof. A roofer can also advise you on your roof’s condition, so you can plan in advance for roof replacement.