Summer might be right around the corner, but now's the time to start preparing your roof for winter weather. The last thing you want to do is climb around on your roof during a snowstorm. Taking the time to prepare your roof while there's warm weather will help you prevent problems when winter weather sets in. Here are three simple steps you can take right now to prevent problems when the weather changes.
Get Rid of the Debris
You might not think about this, but your roof can collect a lot of debris, especially if you have trees in your yard, or live in an area that experiences sandstorms. When trees lose their leaves – or even pine needles – they can deposit them right on your roof. Unfortunately, those piles of leaves and debris create the perfect environment for mold to grow. Once mold starts growing on your roof, it can find its way into your home, which will be an even bigger problem for you. Wind storms can blow sand onto your roof, which can damage your asphalt shingles. You can protect your roof by removing all the debris before the cold weather sets in.
Take Care of Your Gutters
When you've got dirty gutters during the summer, you might end up with additional water on your porch during seasonal rain storms. However, if your gutters are dirty during the winter, you could end up with ice dams, which can destroy your roof. Dirty gutters don't allow water to flow through to the downspout properly. As a result, the water builds up inside the gutters. If the water freezes at its highest point in the gutter, the ice can spread underneath the shingles. When the ice thaws, it will seep right into the wood subflooring of your roof, causing considerable damage. Protect your roof this winter by cleaning your gutters.
Inspect for Damage
Finally, to protect your roof this winter, you should give it a thorough inspection now. First check for missing or damaged shingles. Second, check the ground around the foundation of your home. If you see asphalt granules on the ground, your roofing may be wearing out. Third, go in your attic and look up. If your roof has leaks or tiny holes, you'll be able to see light coming through to the attic. If you notice any of these problems during your inspection, it's time to call a roofing contractor. They'll be able to get your roof repaired and ready for winter.
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