4 Tips to Prevent Winter Storm Damage to Your Home
Did you know severe winter weather is the third-leading cause of catastrophic property losses in the U.S., behind only hurricanes and tornadoes? It’s true — but it doesn’t have to be true for your home, provided you take steps to prepare your house to make it through the winter season unscathed.
What can you do to help protect your home from winter storm damage? Read on to find out.
Clean and Inspect Your Gutters and Downspouts
Clean gutters and downspouts allow melting snow and ice to flow freely off your roof and away from the foundation of your home. Clogged gutters, on the other hand, can prompt ice dam formation, which occurs when roof runoff melts, travels down the roof, and refreezes near the eaves when it’s unable to drain off the roof completely.
Since ice dams take some time to form, ice dam-related damage won’t necessarily occur as a result of one winter storm. However, it’s still important to take measures to prevent ice dams since they can cause roof deterioration, leaks, and even interior water damage. Large ice dams can also put considerable weight on the gutters themselves, forcing them to detach from the roof.
Before winter rolls around, take an afternoon to remove all of the debris from your gutters and downspouts and flush them thoroughly with water from your garden hose. This super-simple prep step is one of the most effective things you can do to protect your roof from winter-related damage.
Install Gutter Leaf Protection
If you don’t already have gutter leaf protection, fall is the perfect time to schedule gutter guard installation. Why? Because gutter guards are designed to prevent larger pieces of debris — like leaves and sticks — from landing in your gutters and clogging them up, which can help you cut down on the time it takes to perform your pre-winter gutter-cleaning routine.
Yes, you’ll still have to clean your gutters a couple of times per year since smaller debris can make its way through the guards’ grates. You just won’t have to spend so much time digging large chunks of debris out of the troughs.
Trim Your Trees
When winter storms roll through, they often bring copious amounts of snow, and sometimes, freezing rain, too. The weight of all that snow and ice can put considerable stress on weak, dead, and overgrown branches of large trees, and when that stress becomes too much to bear, those branches can detach and fall.
If there are large trees in your yard with branches that may be at risk for detachment, trim them back so they don’t hang near your house. Depending on where it falls, a single, large falling branch could leave a major dent or even a hole in your roof or siding, which will inevitably necessitate expensive storm damage repairs.
Hire a Licensed Exterior Contractor for an In-Depth Inspection
Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, you’ll want to have a comprehensive exterior inspection before winter weather sets in. A licensed storm damage repair contractor that specializes in roof repair, window repair, and siding repair can alert you to areas of your home exterior that may be vulnerable to storm damage throughout the winter season.
Tending to any necessary exterior repairs before the snow starts falling is the best way to prevent existing damage or deterioration from growing worse.
Eastern Roofing & Siding: Your Twin Cities Source for Quality Storm Damage Repairs
Get your home exterior ready for the winter season with our team at Eastern Roofing & Siding! For more than 25 years, we’ve specialized in comprehensive roof repair, siding repair, window repair, and a variety of other exterior home services. Whether you’re looking to get a pre-winter exterior inspection or find yourself needing a few storm damage repairs, our expert contractors are more than happy to help! To get started, feel free to call our Cottage Grove office today at 651-238-1313