As winter rapidly approaches, what’s on your mind? Maybe you’re thinking about cozying up by the fire or spending dark evenings at home with warm cups of hot cocoa as the snow falls outside. But don’t forget that while you are safe inside, your roof is working hard to protect you and everything you own from the elements! Are you sure it’s up for the task this winter? Before the cold and snow even hint at showing up, get out and take a good look at your roof’s current condition and fix any potential problems. You’ll be glad you did!
Assessing Your Roof
Start by giving your roof a good once-over to make sure it doesn’t show any obvious signs of aging or damage. Look for any missing, curled or lifted shingles, sagging near ridges, and anything else out of the ordinary.
Check your gutters and downspouts.
Making sure your gutters and downspouts are firmly attached to your home and aren’t filled with leaves. This will set them up nicely for winter. Anything that prevents your roof from disposing of melting snow could eventually lead to ice or snow buildup on your roof!
Make sure your attic is properly insulated.
Having a well-insulated attic will help your roof get rid of melting snow as the weather warms up. Look for uneven snow melt on your roof after a storm — spots that melt easier than others can indicate areas where your home is losing more heat and costing you more money on your heating bill.
Preventing a Roof Collapse After a Snowstorm
When the snow finally does start falling, it’s important to spot potential problems quickly. It can save you a lot of time, hassle, and money!
Know your snow.
Know what kind of snow is falling. Light and fluffy snow shouldn’t be much of an issue for your roof. But heavy, wet snow – or snow mixed with ice/sleet can be of concern. The heavier the snow (or ice), the more impact it’ll have on your roof.
Your doors and windows are great indicators. If some doors and windows in your house seem more difficult to open than normal, part of your roof may have given way and be pushing down on the frames. If noticed, exit your home immediately and make arrangements to stay elsewhere until the damage can be assessed!
Have Your Roof Professionally Inspected
Did you notice any issues with your roof? Aren’t sure? call a professional and get an expert’s opinion on its current state and any necessary repairs. Having any issues fixed before a major snowfall is crucial to your roof’s health!
Get in touch with us and we’d be happy to schedule a roof inspection, and let you know if you have any issues heading into winter.