Dealing with a faulty roof is no fun any time of year. But trust me, winter is the worst time to deal with roof leaks and damage. Freezing temperatures and a regular snowfall can turn even the smallest of leaks into a much bigger problem.
Repairing any damages as soon as possible is the best way to avoid costly repairs at a very inconvenient time of year. Fall is a good time to fix your roof and get it ready for the coming freezing rains, heavy snows, and high winds.
5 Ways to Prepare Your Roof for Winter:
1) Replace Missing or Loose Shingles:
Have a roof inspection to make sure ALL shingles are secure.
2) Trim Trees and Limbs that are too close to the roof:
The severe weather that winter brings can cause heavy branches to fall on your home and cause extensive damage.
3) Fix Existing Leaks:
Inspect the roof thoroughly for any signs of leaking. Be sure to check the attic for signs of moisture.
4) Check all Flashing:
Flashing protects certain roof features such as skylights, chimneys, dormer windows, vents, etc … Make sure flashing is installed and working properly.
5) Install Gutter Guards:
To save you from having to clean out gutters too often. Clean gutters prevent ice dams from severely damaging your gutters and roof.