3 Steps to Prepare Your Roof for Winter
In Colorado we are blessed to experience all four seasons. One of those being winter which is paradise if you’re a ski bum or enjoy drinking hot chocolate by the fire place, but it can have detrimental effects on your roof if you are not properly prepared.
- Clean Your Gutters: Throughout the year, leaves and other debris can build up in your gutters. This can cause your gutter to become clogged which can lead to problems and repair costs for you later. To prevent these problems, make sure you clean out your gutters when fall is coming to an end. During this time, you should also check to make sure all gutters are securely fastened to your home. Having a gutter that is not secure can lead to improper drainage and additional cost down the line.
- Examine Your Roof for Damages or Aging: First you should clean your roof removing any debris from it. Once you have a clean roof, inspect if for missing, cracked, or frayed If you do not feel comfortable doing this inspection on your own, you can hire a professional to have a thorough inspection done. Top Roofco offers free inspections. Call us to ensure your roof ready for winter.
Check other key areas of your roof for damage. These include the flashing around vent stacks, chimneys, and skylights. When damaged, the flashing around these areas can cause leaking. If the flashing is damaged, it is not recommended that you attempt to fix it yourself. Call Top Roofco to get a quality repair job and a piece of mind this winter season.
- Check Your Attic: You may not know this but it is very important to check your attic when performing a roof examination. You’ll want to check for evenly distributed insulation and plenty of it. If this is not the case in your home, it can allow heat to get trapped under your shingles causing ice dams. If these ice dams occur on your roof, throughout the melting and freezing of winter, they can easily cause damage to your roof.
In conclusion, when you are relaxing this fall and winter, make sure you don’t have to worry about having a roof damages or emergency by taking these steps to winterize your roof. Make the repairs needed before they turn into larger issues and regularly monitor your roof during the winter months.