Winter is officially here in New England and that means it’s time to prepare for cold weather and snow. The winter can take a toll on your home and especially your roof that is why it is important to make sure your roof is ready for the upcoming winter. Here are a few tips on how to help your roof make it through the winter.
Check Exterior Walls: Check all exterior walls for leaks, stains, and cracks. If you find any, make sure to take the time to seal these from the open conditions to provide a weather tight seal for your home. This will help keep your heat in and cold air out.
Check Ceiling & Interior Walls: Also, check all interior walls and ceilings for signs of leaks stains or cracks. Seal all roof leaks possible before the weather gets too bad. When the rooftop gets covered in ice and snow it will become impossible to find those leaks.
Check and Clear all Gutters: Before the bad weather hits, make sure to check and clear all gutters downspouts and scuppers. Make sure all drains are working properly. Running into draining problems in the winter can cause a myriad of roofing problems in the future. It is important that all drainage move freely through your gutters and drains. Not only does the weight of water hurt the gutter system it can loosen the attachment of the entire guttering system.
Check all the Flashing: Make sure you check all the flashing and counter flashing attachments before the heavy snow. Once snow accumulates on the roof over loose flashing the roof can leak and cause water damage to your home.
Remove Loose Debris: Remove any loose debris from your roofs surface including leaves branches, or unattached walk pads. These can become icy and hazardous when water freezes around them. Removing loose debris also helps prevent damage during snow removal.
It is important to remember that only a trained professional should remove snow or ice from your roof during the dangerous winter months. The highly skilled crew at Robbin Roofing is trained in removing snow and ice from roofs during the dangerous winter months. Make sure your roof is prepared this winter and call Robbins Roofing today!