Winter weather poses a number of problems for roofs, the biggest being added weight. This is especially true in climates that get a lot of snow but even heavy rains add significant weight to a roof. All that added weight can cause some costly damages to your roof if it isn’t well maintained. In order to get your roof ready before the winter weather hits, you need to make sure it’s prepared to deal with the extra weight.
Steps to Preparing your Roof for the Winter:
1. Check for structural damage. If your roof is compromised structurally, it will have an even more difficult time bearing the extra weight during winter. You can check your roof’s structural integrity by looking for areas where your roof sags or is uneven. If anything looks unusual contact a roofing contractor for an inspection. A sagging roof is a sign that the roof deck is damaged.
2. Inspect the gutter system. This is a critical step that is often overlooked. Your roof’s gutter system is responsible for draining water from off your roof. If your gutter system is in disrepair, it may not be able to adequately drain the water. That means that during the heavy rains this winter season, your roof will retain more water than it should and will be more likely to become damaged. Fortunately, this problem is easy to correct. Simply make sure that your rain gutters and downspouts are cleared of any debris and make sure the rain gutter is securely fastened to the roof all the way around so that your gutter system is not damaged during the winter.
3. Check the valleys of your roof. The valleys are the areas where two different slopes intersect. These are problem areas for your roof as debris such as leaves and branches tend to pile up here. As with clogged rain gutters, roof valley’s that aren’t clear of debris can cause your roof to retain water. Make sure to keep the valleys clear throughout the winter months.
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