Winter will be here before you know it. If you haven't started prepping your roof for the change of weather that's about to occur, you could be setting yourself up for disaster. You don't want to face roof damage in the middle of winter. Now's the time to find, and take care of, minor roofing concerns that could become major headaches later. Here are four simple steps you can take to get your roof ready for winter.
Do a Roof Walk
You can't really see the problems if you're looking at your roof from the ground level. To get a clearer picture of the problems that your roof might be facing, you need to get up-close-and-personal to the issue. You need to do a roof walk. Grab your later, put your skid-resistant shoes on, and head up to the roof. While you're up there, look for things like missing or damaged shingles, cracks or rust on the flashing, and broken seals around your vents and skylights. If you find any of those problems, take care of them before winter arrives. Missing or damaged shingles, flashing problems, and insufficient sealant around your vents and skylights, can all lead to leaks during the winter.
Look in the Attic
It's not always easy to identify potential leak spots when you're looking down at your roof. For the best view of potential leak spots, you need to be in your attic, looking up. When heading to the attic, be sure to bring a marker with you. Once inside the attic, close the door to make sure it's nice and dark. Look up at the attic ceiling and watch for areas where light is shining through from outside. If you can see points of light through the ceiling in your attic, those are areas that will leak the next time it rains. Use a marker to note the locations where you saw the points of light. This will help when it's time to repair the roof.
Get in the Gutters
If you live in an area that experiences freezing temperatures during the winter, you'll need to make sure that your gutters are cleaned and ready to go. You'll need the rain water to flow through the drains smoothly so that your roof isn't damaged by ice dams. Ice dams develop when rain gutters overflow due to dirt and debris. As the water overflows, and freezes, the ice that's seeped under the edges of the roof, lifts up. This lifting, exposes your roofs wood sub-structure to water, which can lead to leaks. You can avoid ice dam damage, by keeping your gutters clean all winter long.
Schedule a Service Call
Make sure your roof is ready for winter by scheduling a service call with your local roofer. They'll be able to winterize your roof, and identify any repair issues that will need to be taken care of.