Heavy snow, ice, and hail are all winter weather conditions the midwest endures. It is important to make sure your home is ready for it – starting with your roof. Below are 5 ways to prep your roof for winter. 

Check Flashing 

Did you know? The area along the flashing is one of the most common areas for leaks. This area of your roof needs to be completely sealed and should be double-checked. You’ll want to make sure you or a professional is checking this area once a year or after a brutal storm. 

Inspect Roof Valleys

The valleys of your roof are also prone to leaks. When inspecting the valleys of your roof, make sure to clear any debris in the way. Any weight that has been sitting on these areas for an extended period of time can make the situation worse. Keeping the valleys of your roof clean can help prevent any unwanted wear and tear on your roof. 

Clear Debris

Before heavy snow hits, make sure the entire roof is clear of debris. You should be checking on top of the shingles, spouts, and drains. This task should be done as needed. If you are comfortable with a ladder, this task should be easy. If you aren’t comfortable with ladders, hiring a professional is the way to go. 

Clean Your Gutters

Another tip to prepare your roof for winter is to make sure your gutters are cleaned. While you’re up there, you should also ensure that your gutters are properly secured to your home. Loose gutters can make bigger problems for your roof. If your gutters aren’t bound to your home, they can damage your entire roof and the exterior walls of your home. 

Monitor Your Roof

During winter, it is in your best interest to monitor all components of your roof. If you think there’s a problem, do NOT get up on a roof full of snow. There could be ice beneath the snow that could cause a dangerous situation. You might be thinking that inspecting your roof will be easier if you do it yourself, but the safest way to do this is to hire a professional.

Preparing your roof for winter should be a high priority for your home. Royalty Roofing would love to help you prepare your roof for winter. Are you ready to prep? Let’s connect