Old man winter is about to make his appearance and the expert craftsmen at Rutter Roofing want to make sure you and your home are prepared. Winter weather can bestow an abundance of nuisances upon your home including snow, ice, sleet and heavy rain. If you roof isn’t properly prepared, these elements can cause costly repairs and leave you out in the cold this season. Before it gets too cold, make sure your roof is ready for winter with these 8 essential tips.
Have Your Roof Professionally Inspected
Each year before winter strikes, have your roof professionally assessed. This can help you make any necessary repairs before they turn into something major, preventing any severe winter disasters before the cold and moisture begins.
Clear Off Debris
As beautiful as autumn is, it can be a destructive time for your roof if not handled properly. The influx of fallen leaves, heavy rainfall and intrusive branches that is often seen during this time of year can collect on your roof, leading to leaks, damages and broken shingles. Call the professionals at Rutter Roofing to help you maintain your roof.
Inspect Roof Valleys
The valleys of your roof are prone to leaks because this area sees a lot of leaf and debris buildup. With the increased weight on this area, you’re prone to water damage and even mold. Clear off any debris that gathers in this area to prevent further wear and tear on your roof.
Clean Gutters and Downspouts
Before the first snowfall, ensure your gutters and downspouts are clear. Debris that’s caught in these areas can prevent water from freely flowing off your roof which can create leaks, sagging and even the dismantling of your gutter from your roof. This can cause damage to your roof, trim, siding and the exterior walls of your home.
It’s always a good idea to visually inspect your attic. Evaluate your insulation and ventilation. Properly distributed insulation keeps the heat in your home and maintenance of your vents prevents the development of ice dams which can cause leaks when snow accumulates on your roof.
Check for missing, cracked, curled or damaged shingles. Shingles can deteriorate or come loose after extreme weather, so it’s always a good idea to check them after any major storm occurs. Your professional roofing contractors at Rutter can easily replace any damaged shingles ensuring your home will be safe when the snow starts to fall.
Check the areas where flashing is installed. Your roof flashing helps guide water to your gutters, making this area prone to leaks. Check your flashing annually for loose, broken or missing pieces and get them replaced right away.
Trim Tree Branches
If you have low hanging tree branches jutting over your roof, be sure to trim them back before the snow starts. Loose branches, once weighed down with snow, can easily fall on your roof causing extensive damage.
How Rutter Roofing Can Help
This winter season call on your local roofing experts at Rutter to ensure your roof is prepared for the cold, harsh winter that is ahead of us! We specialize in shingle repairs, chimney reflashing, slate repairs and so much more. Contact us today to schedule your roofing service before it’s too late!