Prepare Your Roof for Winter: 4 Tips for Avoiding Damage
When you live in the Twin Cities, your roof handles quite a bit of snow each year. To reduce your risk of incurring roof damage throughout the snowy season, proper roof winterization is essential. Not sure how to go about preparing your roof to withstand the snow and ice? The roofing contractors at Eastern Roofing & Siding share four essential tips below.
Clean and Inspect Gutters
Dirty, debris-filled gutters are one of the leading culprits behind the development of damaging ice dams, so before winter hits, make sure you clean your gutters thoroughly. You should also examine the inside of each of your downspouts to make sure there’s no debris clogging the gutters’ drainage line.
In addition to removing debris from your gutters, it’s also important to inspect them for signs of wear and tear or damage. Look for leaky areas or seams that appear to have weakened seals. When water can continually drip out of the gutters, it can cause damage to the exterior components of your home over time. Not only can damaged, leaky gutters cause roof and fascia damage, but they can also result in foundation damage if the problem is allowed to progress unchecked.
Inspect Roof Flashings
Flashings are strips of thin metal attached to your roof that are designed to direct water away from areas of the roof that feature seams and joints. Because these areas are the most vulnerable to moisture accumulation, it’s imperative that you inspect your flashings before winter to ensure water cannot penetrate beneath the surface of the roof.
You’ll typically find flashings wherever vertical sections of the roof meet roof planes, as well as in locations where two slopes of the roof meet (these are called roof valleys). When you locate a flashing, look for the following red flags:
● Metal that is pulling away from the roof joints
● Loose nails in the flashing
● Unsealed nail heads
● Missing or loose flashings
● Exposed fasteners
Please keep in mind the above list is not comprehensive. If you’re unsure how to detect flashing damage, it’s best to schedule a professional inspection with a licensed roofing contractor.
Examine Roof Shingles
Damaged shingles can cause major roof problems during winter. Because your shingles are designed to prevent water from penetrating the structure of the roof, they must be fully intact and properly installed to provide adequate moisture protection. So before winter hits, take the time to examine your shingles to look for the following signs of damage:
● An excessive amount of missing shingle granules
● Cracking, peeling, curling, or punctured shingles
● Rot or decay
● Excessive moss or algae growing on shingle surfaces
To ensure you locate all potential signs of shingle damage during your inspection, it’s always best to rely on the expertise of a licensed roofing contractor. Plus, if the pros find any damage, they can typically schedule roof repairs promptly.
Inspect the Attic
When water can penetrate beneath the surface of your roof, it often ends up in the attic, where it can create staining and, in more severe cases, mold and mildew. So if your home has roof damage that could lead to major problems during winter, there’s a good chance your attic will show signs of it.
Before winter sets in, take the time to look around your attic for signs of water intrusion. If you locate anything questionable, contact a roofing contractor for a professional opinion and advice on your best course of action. Better safe than sorry!
Time for Roof Repair? Contact Eastern Roofing & Siding
Need a few roof repairs before winter sets in? Then it’s time to get in touch with our team at Eastern Roofing & Siding. For over 25 years, we’ve proudly served the roofing needs of homeowners throughout Woodbury, Cottage Grove, Inver Grove Heights, and the surrounding Twin Cities metro. Let’s get your roof back in tip-top shape, too. To schedule a free estimate or learn more about our services, give us a call today at 651-238-1313 or send us a message.