The cool crisp air of fall is in the air and it’s time to think ahead to winter! The snowstorms are coming, ice is inevitable. It’s important that your roof is ready for the extreme winter weather so you don’t get any leaks or damage. In this blog post, we’ll discuss four ways to prevent problems with your roof this winter.
Complete an Inspection
The first and most important thing you can do for your roof is to complete a roof inspection now before winter weather hits. You can do this yourself, or give us a call for a free inspection by one of our qualified team members. During this inspection, look for loose, damaged, or missing shingles. It’s also important to look for damage to the flashing. Finally, make sure your roof vents are open and in good repair.
If you notice any damage or problems with your roof during this inspection, contact us immediately so we can make repairs before winter weather arrives. If left, these issues can lead to further damage caused by the freezing and melting of ice, major leaks, and residual damage to the structure of your home.
Install Heated Gutter Guards
The next thing you can do to prevent issues with your roof this winter is to have heated gutter guards installed. Heated gutter guards prevent the build-up of ice dams on your roof and gutters. They work by stopping the melt and refreeze cycle which can cause major damage to your roof and gutters. Read more about ice dams and the damage they can cause here.
This is especially important if you’ve noticed the build-up of ice dams on your roof in years past. If continually untreated, you are compromising the integrity and longevity of your shingles and gutters.
Trim Your Trees
Lastly, take a look at the tree branches that reach over your home (including your neighbors). Look for dead, dying, broken, or hanging branches. The dropping temps cause trees to become brittle. Strong winter winds can and will knock these branches loose, causing damage to your roof. Prevent problems by having your trees trimmed before cold weather sets in.
Side note: This is also a great time to take a look at any trees you have that may be dangling over power lines on your property. Contact OPPD to have these branches removed at no cost to you, so you can prevent possible damage to lines and power outages this winter.
Contact a Professional Roofer
Perhaps taking preventative steps isn’t enough. Maybe the damage has already been done and you need a full roof replacement. If so, contact us today to schedule a free estimate! We’ll take care of everything from start to finish, leaving you with a beautiful, durable roof that will give you peace of mind this winter.
Questions? We’re here to help! Give us a call at (402) 216-8850, or shoot us a message on our contact page.