Winterize Your Roof

Snow Buildup on Roof

Winterize Your Roof

According to the Farmer’s Almanac, this winter is supposed to be cold, wet, and snowy…great. The thing about living in New England though is that the weather is never guaranteed. Preparing for the worst is always recommended because it’s better safe than sorry. Especially when it comes to your home in the winter. Make preparations to get your roof ready to withstand the elements now, rather than wait until it’s too late and the damage is done. Take these steps to properly winterize your roof and protect you from the rough Northeast cold.

Attic Inspection

One of the first steps of the roof winterization process is inspecting your attic. This means physically going up and examining the area, looking for possible signs of damage, or even warning signs of potential weak spots in the roof. Obviously, keep an eye out for any leaks or holes in the attic. The attic also requires a perfect balance of insulation and ventilation in order to safely deal with the buildup of snow and moisture.

Proper ventilation of your attic is necessary year-round, but issues regarding poor ventilation can become much worse in the winter. Poor ventilation can cause a buildup of moist, stagnant air within the attic, which can cause mold, mildew, and other common moisture-related problems. In the winter, this moist air is also warm, heating up the attic space, and causing snow on the roof to melt causing ice dams and other ice and water damage. Proper insulation of attic flooring can help prevent the rising of warm air from your home, which will keep the attic space cool and prevent snow from melting too quickly.

Clear Gutters

Inspect your gutters and remove any debris and leaves that have gathered during the fall months. Also, make sure the downspouts are flowing freely and are pushing water out away from the foundation of your home. Once you clear out your gutters and downspouts, run the hose through just to make sure the water is able to flow through unimpeded.

Inspect Roof

This one may sound obvious, but head up to your roof and inspect the shingles and any previously repaired portions of your roof and make sure there are no signs of damage or leaks. If you see any warnings signs, contact your local roofing repair company to take care of your damaged roof before the winter comes in full swing.

Clear Overhanging Branches

Branches that have grown over your roof are definite hazards during the winter. Snowfall can weigh tree limbs down, bending them and scratching your roof, or in some cases, limbs can even snap off and fall onto your roof, causing severe damage to your roof. Best to get rid of these stray branches to avoid these issues before they start.

Follow these preparation steps now before winter begins, and prepare your roof to get you through the winter unscathed. Contact Robbins roofing for questions regarding how to winterize your roof or any repair inquiries!