How To Prepare Your Roof For The Winter
Winter can wreak havoc on your home and property, but there are things you can do to help keep your roof safe from inclement weather. Elevated Roofing and Siding can inspect your roof, for either a repair or complete replacement, to ensure that it will last through another winter. In the meantime, you can get a head start on either determining whether your roof needs attention or taking your own measures for winter damage prevention. Let’s go over some ways you can protect your roof so that it can do its job properly.
Clean Your Gutters
Cleaning your gutters should be part of your annual home maintenance, and late fall is the perfect time to complete this task. Once all the leaves have fallen, you’ll want to ensure that the debris is cleaned out of your gutters before we get any ice or snow. Give Elevated a call if you would like to install seamless gutters, which are virtually leak-proof and require little maintenance.
Remove Tree Branches
If you have any tree branches hanging directly above or near your roof, now is the time to get those trimmed back. When the winter snowstorms roll in and the condensation freezes on the tree branches, it makes them vulnerable to breakage. Even branches near your roof could put it at risk due to high winds and ice.
Check Chimney Flashing
If your chimney flashing shows any signs of damage, you could end up with a leak due to the constant cycle of snow melt in winter. Getting your chimney flashing repaired as soon as you notice any deterioration could save you from a much bigger problem later on. The masonry experts at Elevated will look at your chimney to determine whether it needs any repairs.
Check Your Shingles
Make sure you don’t have any damaged or missing shingles. Getting those shingles replaced will help you to avoid a leak during the winter. Leaks are especially problematic during this time of the year, as the water can freeze and cause your wood beams to crack. The experts at Elevated can repair or replace your roof as needed.
Prevent Ice Dams
Ice dams form when snow thaws and then freezes at the eaves. The ice dam can force water underneath the shingles, resulting in leaks. They can cause serious damage to a roof and your home's structure. If you've had problems with this in the past and are having a new roof installed, we would recommend installing ice and water shield in the problematic areas.
Call For a Free Quote
Elevated Roofing and Siding has been improving homes, one roof at a time, for almost a decade. Contact us at (937) 248-1362 to discuss your roof repair or replacement options, or to apply for financing. We serve customers in the Dayton area and surrounding communities including Troy, Tipp City, Vandalia, Englewood, West Milton, Huber Heights, and beyond.