Winter is the most difficult time of the year for home maintenance. It can be a hassle to keep up with the necessary maintenance all winter long, but it is important for the health of your home to ensure that you’re aware of what needs to be done on your roof in order to keep you and your family safe. Interested in learning a bit about what kinds of maintenance you should be performing on your roof this winter? Keep reading our blog for more information!
Have Your Roof Inspected
First of all, before the snowfall begins, it is a good idea to have your roofing system inspected. By inspecting your roof early in the season, you can keep your home protected from moisture damage throughout the colder months. Your roofing inspector will examine your shingles for damage, ensure your flashing is in good repair, and warn you of any problem areas that may need to be addressed. This will help ensure that when the snow does begin to fall, your roof will be able to handle the snow without any leaks!
Ventilate Your Attic
Particularly for homeowners who struggle with ice dams, ensuring your attic is properly ventilated will go a long way towards protecting your home. Ice dams are formed with the air within your attic is warmer than the air outside, causing the snow on your shingles to melt and run down your roof to your gutter system. By ensuring your attic is ventilated properly, you can maintain an equilibrium between the outside area and your attic, which will prevent the snow from melting!
Clean Your Roof of Snow & Debris
Speaking of snow, it is a good idea to clear off as much snow from your roof as you can! Leaving snow to accumulate on your roof all winter can often cause damage to the system, particularly if there is already underlying damage to the roof deck that you’re unaware of. Cleaning off snow from your roof limits the weight the system needs to carry, helping to keep your home protected!
Additionally, before the snow begins to fall, it is a good idea to clear debris off of your roof before the snow freezes it to the system. Debris can rot from the moisture that accumulates on your roof during the winter, which will only contribute to the damage that the snow causes. Cleaning of debris is best for the health of the system!
Contact Us Today
If you’re interested in replacing your home’s roof this winter, our team at Doing It Right Roofing is ready to assist! Reach out to our team today by calling us at (724) 351-0499 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your roofing needs!