Ahhh, winter. The snow is blowing, the temperature is dropping, and the fire is crackling in the fireplace. While winter may be a time to get nice and cozy and slow down for a bit, it's also a time when your home's roof needs a bit of attention as well. After all, while you're snuggled up inside, your roof is doing all the work protecting you from the elements, and keeping that cold, frigid air outside where it belongs. In order for your roof to do its job, here are some tips to get it ready for the winter months ahead.
Remove Dirt and Debris
Twigs, leaves and other debris should be removed from your roof at the end of every summer. Not only can a build-up of debris look bad, it can cause mildew growth and holes that will allow for animals to enter the home and cause expensive damage. Have a friend or family member help you, never attempt to remove the dirt and debris on your own. You can also call on an experienced roofing contractor to assist as well.
Trim Back Branches
Trees are beautiful and help keep your home shaded from the hot summer sun, but they can also cause damage in a number of different ways. Winter storms with heavy winds can cause branches to break off and fall onto your home, and the same thing can happen to those branches under the weight of wet, heavy snow. Small branches can scrape the roof and cause holes to form.
This type of damage may not be easily seen, but can lead to leaking that will be hard to repair during the winter months. Trim branches that are near and around your roof to prevent snow and wind damage. Your best bet is to hire a tree trimming service company so you are assured the job is done correctly.
Clean Your Gutters
While a buildup of debris can be damaging to your roof, it can also clog up your gutter system. When the gutter system is filled with debris and dirt, it restricts the flow of water. This is especially dangerous during the winter. The buildup of water freezes into ice, which will weigh down the gutters.
Also, when the gutters are clogged with dirt, the water will not be able to flow through the gutters away from the roof, and damaging ice dams can also form on top of your home. Call a roofing company such as Lask Roofing and Siding Inc. for more assistance in getting your roof prepared for the winter months.