Winter and Your Roof – What You Need to Know
Your roof is your first line of defense against the elements. This is especially true when it comes to winter weather. If your rooftop is in a state of disrepair, you are going to have a rough winter and only make things worse.
Even in areas with relatively mild colder months, preparing your roofing is a great way to safeguard it from the change in conditions. Taking precautionary steps like the tips included here will help to ensure the condition, which means peak performance and optimal longevity, from your rooftop. Be one of the smart local Oklahoma City homeowners out there, and set yourself up for long term success by winterizing your roof.
Cold Weather Prep Guidelines
The same way that you prepare your family for cold weather by digging out the winter clothes, coats, gloves, scarves and boots, you can take steps towards preparing your home. This is especially important when it comes to the roofing.
Take care of cleaning your gutters and downspouts – The last thing that you need is for your gutters to end up clogged as a result of autumn leaves falling. This will not only block the water flow, it will trap it when temperatures fall below freezing. Ice in your gutter system can cause problems like cracking, or pulling away from the house.
Get the roof cleaned off – Even just using a leaf blower to clear away debris is a good way to start the cold season. Once the snow and ice melt away in the spring, this is the ideal time to clean it off again. You can never be too careful when it comes to your roofing.
Time for that roof inspection – You should be scheduling a roof inspection, at least twice a year. And this is the ideal time for one of those inspections. This affords an industry expert the ability to thoroughly look over your roof and make any adjustments, repairs or suggestions, in order to enhance your roof. That will help it be better prepared for winter weather.
Get it checked for waterproofing, ventilation and insulation – Your roof is meant to protect your home from moisture intrusion. You have ventilation in place to circulate air and eliminate stagnation. And insulation helps keep everything at the right temperature. It’s also of the utmost importance that your roof be evenly insulated or ice dams will form. This happens when the edges of the roof are cooler that other parts, due to internal heat escape. Ice forms on the edges, trapping melting snow, and leading to the resulting water pushing back under the shingles.
Trim back your branches – Before autumn ends, make it a point to get your tree limbs cut back. Growing branches can tear away shingles. Plus, limbs that hang over your roof can become weighted down with snow, breaking off and crashing through your roof.
Only Trust the Best
At Storm Shield Roofing & Restoration, Inc., we offer advice like this because we genuinely care. As trained and experienced industry experts, we know what will help your roof survive the cold weather, ice and snow. So, it is in our best interest to share that information with you.
That also means ensuring that you get the quality service required to take good care of your roof. Together, we can work as a force to make sure that the most important element of your home is in tiptop shape and ready to protect you, all winter long.