Thanksgiving is over, and Christmas is just around the corner. That means that the official start to winter will be here before we know it. In fact, we are beginning to experience more and more cold days here in North Carolina as of late.
The below-freezing temperatures, snow, and ice of the winter season can really take a toll on your roof. That’s why it’s important to regularly maintain your roof and take precautions to prepare it for winter. The more routine maintenance you provide for your roof, the longer it’s likely to last you.
Here are some tips to help you prepare your roof for winter:
- Clean out your gutters. After most of the leaves have fallen in your yard, your gutters are likely to be full of yard debris. Combine the weight of fall leaves with the weight of winter snow and ice, and you’re asking for gutter damage. The overbearing weight can cause your gutters to sag, bend, or fall off altogether. That’s why it’s important to clean your gutters several times a year, especially between the fall and winter seasons. At Housetop Roofing, we offer gutter cleaning and maintenance services, so give us a call to come out and prepare your gutters for winter.
- Have a roofing professional come to inspect your roof. This is something that you should do regularly, ideally twice a year. When you have routine maintenance performed on your roof, the roofing experts can spot potential damage and fix it before it turns into something serious and very expensive. Snow and ice can cause these small issues with your roof to turn into major problems, so it’s a good idea to have your roof checked out before the winter months hit.
- Trim the trees close to your roof. Any trees and tree branches that are within falling distance of your roof should be trimmed before winter. The extra weight of snow and ice can cause these trees and their branches to break and fall, and if they’re close to your roof, they could fall on your roof and cause damage.
- Check your attic. If your roof has a leak, your attic is the first place to show damage. So, head up to your attic periodically to check for signs of a leak, which include water spots and stains, as well as small puddles. While you’re looking for leaks, look around to make sure that all of your insulation is in good condition, as sound insulation helps to protect your roof as well as the interior of your home.
The holiday season is here, and winter is just around the corner. Enjoy the snow and crisp weather of this season without having to worry about what it’s going to do to your roof.
If you’re looking for a roofing contractor to help you prepare your roof for winter, look no further than Housetop Roofing in Wake Forest, NC.