Cold weather can do a number on your roof, and keeping it maintained it is your best defense. Unfortunately, many homeowners play the waiting game to avoid the costs associated with maintenance. It is not clear to them that there are safety hazards involved or that expenses will be higher if damage worsens.
When temperatures start dropping, you want to be able to rely on your roof’s structure. Your roof shields you and your family from snow and freezing temperatures. Consider what steps can you take now to stay ahead and prevent potential problems when winter comes.
6 Tips for Getting Your Roof Ready for Cooler Weather
1. Clean Out Your Gutters
Your gutters will collect plenty of leaves and debris during fall. If they become clogged, melting snow and rainwater won’t be able to drain properly. You will then have water flowing towards your home rather than away from it. The last thing any homeowner wants to deal with is water damage. To avoid this problem, have your gutters cleaned out (or replaced, if necessary) after leaves start falling. It’s an easy thing to forget, so consider making a note to yourself before winter arrives.
2. Perform a Visual Inspection of Shingles
If possible, examine your roof’s shingles before temperatures drop. You will need to replace your shingles if they are cracked or broken. Otherwise, you may have to face water damage come wintertime. If you can’t access your roof safely, consider hiring a professional to check your shingles. These should be examined twice per year. Do you know the last time your roof was replaced? If it’s at least 15 years old, a replacement may be necessary. However, a roofing expert will be able to guide you in the right direction.
3. Trim and Prune Tree Branches
Trees can shield your home and provide shade in warmer months, but in winter they can put your home at risk. During winter storms, snow can put added weight on tree branches and damage your roof. Specifically, you want to avoid roof damage due to scratched shingles or branches hitting your roof. Get in contact with a local tree care specialist who can trim your branches and keep them away from your roof. Any branches lingering on your roof should be removed as well.
4. Examine Chimney Flashing
Chimney flashing acts as a sealant between your chimney and your roof. If this is damaged in any way, water could leak into your chimney or roof. Water damage due to flashing is often mistaken for leaks caused by roof damage, so it’s important not to overlook this area. When examining your chimney flashing, check for any cracks or loose caulk. This could indicate you need a chimney repair.
5. Inspect Your Attic
Another area homeowners forget to check is their attic. If there are any signs of moisture or water damage, it should be addressed immediately. You could find animals taking shelter in your attic, as well; if this is the case, you’ll also want to examine your shingles for damage. In addition, low hanging branches could be a concern. Animals can easily find their way into your attic if a tree makes your roof more accessible.
6. Get a Professional Roof Inspection
An experienced roofing company has seen it all and then some. They can spot damage to your roof before it becomes a larger problem. Performing your own inspections is a good first step, but you should also depend on professionals. They will take a close look at all areas of your roof and guide you in the right direction.
At Benchmark Roofers, we realize it can be difficult to keep an eye on your roof when you have other things on your mind. Our experts can perform a careful inspection of your roof and advise you moving forward. If it turns out that you need a repair or replacement, we’ll keep you informed. We’re proud to offer a range of affordable options for families throughout the state of Maryland. Then, come winter, you’ll be completely prepared for any harsh weather that comes your way.
If Your Roof Needs Maintenance Before Cold Weather Strikes, Benchmark Roofers Can Help!
Benchmark Roofers is proud to serve business owners throughout the state of Maryland in need of high-quality roofing. Our team of professionals specializes in installing roofs that offer decades of durability and keep your property safe and dry. If you need a replacement, we can custom design your roof replacement to perfectly match the old roof or update your business with something new.
We can help you cross home improvement projects off your to-do list, including door replacement, gutter replacement, siding replacement, window replacement and roof repair. For a free roof inspection to determine if you need any roof repairs, call us today at (443) 454-1293 or submit the brief contact form.