Preparing My Roof for the Winter

With winter weather just around the corner, now is the perfect time to assess your roof and prepare it for winter. Maintenance is critical to ensuring the longevity of your roof all year but particularly in the winter. We are often asked, ‘how do I go about preparing my roof for winter?’ Here are several tips to help.

Assess the framework

Find a local roofer to inspect your roof’s framework. They can address any signs of sagging before the heavy snows of winter arrive. A professional will be able to detect other issues with your roof as well. Have this inspection performed annually. 

Check flashing

One of the most common areas for leaks to occur is along flashing. Check your flashing once a year to make sure it has not come loose and that it is completely sealed. 

Inspect the roof valleys

Roof valleys are prone to leaks. Keep these areas clean of debris to ensure reduced wear and tear on the surrounding shingles.

Examine shingles

This is another inspection best performed by a trusted roofer. When rough weather occurs, your shingles can become loose. Granules can wash off over time as well. Also, as shingles age, they will begin to curl. A roofer will know what to look for and what repairs to suggest, if any.

Clean and examine your gutters

Make sure any leaves and grit are removed from your gutters to ensure proper flow of melting snow. While performing this task, also check to make sure the gutters are securely fastened.

Replace sealant

If your roof has plumbing stacks, check the sealant. Overtime, sealant breaks down and becomes loose. Scrape away all old sealant, and add new. This might be a task you have a roofer perform. 

Check the chimney

Ask your roofer to take a look at your chimney. If the mortar is missing, you will want to have this repaired. Another area of concern is the seal around the flashing. 

Look around your attic

Many homeowners fail to inspect their attic area. Check your insulation to ensure it is still properly placed. Not only will it keep heat in your home, it will help ensure the heat doesn’t get trapped under your shingles, leading to the development of ice dams. Ice dams can be particularly harmful to your roof.

If all this sounds like a lot to look for, we can help by performing a thorough roof inspection. Give Bealing, Roofing & Exteriors, Inc., a call. We’ll give you an honest assessment, and we can discuss any repairs that may need to be made to get your roof through this winter and beyond.