Winter is right around the corner, and the perfectly crisp fall days are already giving way to frigid winter nights. Before winter is officially here, make sure your home is prepared for cold temperatures and winter precipitation. Add these items to your to-do list to get the roof of your home ready for winter.
1. Complete Any Necessary Repairs
If your roof has loose or missing shingles, now is the time to repair these shingles so that they can stand up to harsh winter weather. If you don't repair damaged shingles, winter precipitation can penetrate the blemished area, causing a leak or moisture-related damage. The precipitation can even cause harm to the surrounding shingles.
In severe cases, damaged shingles may not be unable to withstand the weight of heavy snow and cave in.
Instead of trying to complete roof repairs on your own, it is best to call in a roofing contractor. A roofing contractor has the knowledge, tools, and experience to perform high quality work. Hiring a professional also keeps you safe, as you don't have to attempt to climb onto your roof to fix the damaged areas.
2. Install Snow Guards
Areas that receive a lot of snow at one time may experience snow slides. Snow slides occur when snow accumulates on your roof and then unexpectedly slides off. When the snow slides off your roof, the force can damage your shingles. If the slide hits a friend or family member, it is possible for injury to occur.
Snow guards mount to your roof and prevent precipitation from sliding off. Instead, they keep the snow in the place so that it can melt and gently run off.
3. Check Your Gutters
One of the best parts of autumn is watching the leaves change colors. However, these leaves eventually fall from their trees, and when they fall, they can clog your gutters. Check your gutters to see if there any leaves clogging them up.
If your gutters are clogged, the water will accumulate inside of the gutter instead of freely flowing through it. Thanks to the water's added weight, the gutter may buckle and detach from your home.
4. Make Sure Your Home Has Adequate Insulation Near the Roof
Homes that lack adequate insulation have colder than normal roofs. Due to the lower temperatures, winter precipitation may freeze on the roofs, causing extensive damage. The moisture from the precipitation can also cause mold or mildew.
Proper insulation helps your roof maintain a healthy temperature that keeps it in the best shape possible over the winter.