Winter often brings harsh weather and heavy snowfall. This puts your roof at risk. You also rely heavily on your roof in the winter to keep the cold out of your home. There are some things you can do to protect your roof from winter weather so it can keep you and your family safe and warm. Here are three ways you can get your roof ready for winter.

  1. Inspect Your Roof

The most important thing you can do to get your roof ready for winter is to inspect it for debris and damage and fix any issues you find. You can have a roofing inspection done by a professional roofing contractor. There are also things you can look for yourself if you are safely able to use a ladder and work on your roof. 

The first thing to check for is debris. Leaves, dirt, and other debris can accumulate on your roof. Unfortunately, they tend to trap moisture against your roof, which can lead to mildew, mold, and water damage. It is important to clear your roof of all debris before snow begins to fall. If you wait until winter is well on its way, your freezing hands won’t be thanking you!

After cleaning your roof, check for damage. You should ensure that your roof is not missing any shingles and that none are cracked or broken. Also inspect your roof’s flashing, the thin metal around your chimney and vents, and in the areas where your roof butts up against walls. If shingles or flashing are damaged, you will need to call a contractor for roof repair. 

  1. Clean Your Gutters

Your gutters are part of your roof system and if they aren’t working properly your roof is at risk. When water cannot flow through your gutters freely, it will back up and cause water damage to your roof, threatening its structural integrity. Late fall is an especially important time to clean your gutters, as leaves tend to accumulate in them at this time of year. 

You can hire a professional to inspect and clean your gutters or you can do it yourself if you are comfortable on a ladder. Anytime you use a ladder, you should have someone else present to ensure it is steady. Safety should always be the first priority. 

If you choose to clean your gutters yourself, start by clearing them of leaves and other large debris. Wearing gloves, carefully work your way along your gutters, scooping the debris into a bucket. After you get all of the big accumulation out, run a hose through the gutters to clean out the rest. 

While you are cleaning, keep an eye out for any holes, leaks, or other damage. If you notice damage to your gutters, they will need to be repaired or replaced. Also, be sure to examine and clean out the downspout. Water should flow through it freely, away from your home. 

  1. Trim Branches Over Your Roof

If there are branches hanging over your roof, it is a good idea to have them trimmed before snow begins to fall. Heavy snow and winds are likely to cause branches to hang low and scratch your roof. They might also cause branches to fall and dent your roof, which would allow water to enter and cause damage to your roof and home. 

Unless you are very familiar with tree trimming, this is a good job to leave to the professionals. If you attempt to trim branches and they fall on your roof, you will cause damage that could have been avoided. Working from your roof is also dangerous unless you have extensive experience doing so. 

If you decide that you can safely trim the branches yourself, someone should be with you to make sure the ladder is steady and that you stay safe. Be sure to wear proper safety equipment such as gloves and goggles. Cut each branch into small, manageable pieces that you can easily hold and maneuver to the ground. 

Final Thoughts

Heavy winter storms increase the chances of roof problems, but there are steps you can take to minimize these issues. Inspect your roof and gutters, keep them clean, and remove any branches overhanging your roof. 
For a professional inspection or to have any damage repaired, contact TDJ Contractors. They have the experience and expertise to make sure your roof is ready for winter.