The winter season brings along a wide array of potential problems for homeowners, including problems with the roof. This is why it's important to do some simple maintenance to the roof to prepare it to handle the upcoming weather changes this winter. Here are five simple maintenance tips to consider:
- Clean the Gutters: First off, you want to be sure that the gutters are going to be clean and free to allow the rain and melting snow and ice to be washed away from your home. If the gutters are not cleaned, all the debris will allow for a build up of water that will not only damage the gutters, but possibly allow water damage to occur along the foundation of your home, on the roof, and more.
- Brush Off Debris: Brushing off excess debris on the roof is a good idea, as well since it will keep the gutters cleaner for a longer period of time if this debris isn't immediately getting washed into them. During this time, you can also check for any potential problems, such as dark spots that might indicate standing water or rot. If you notice anything, definitely call professionals to take care of it.
- Trim Trees: If there are any branches grazing the roof of your home, this can create a problem when heavy winds begin to start in the winter. This can scratch and damage your roof. The debris from the tree will also start to fall onto the roof leaving the gutters to become dirtier faster. On top of this, it allows for an easy pathway for pests to get into your home looking for shelter from the cold.
- Get an Inspection: Finally, it's worth it to have a full inspection done by a roofer before the winter season arrives. They will be sure that the roof is thoroughly checked for any possible issues that need repairs right away. This way, you don't have to deal with any major roofing repairs during the winter season when it's a bit more challenging to find time to get it done since you need to wait for a clear day.
These are just four of the basic roofing maintenance tips to keep in mind for the winter season. These small steps can definitely lead to the avoidance of some major issues that you don't want to deal with, especially in the winter season close to the holidays. Contact a service, like Wolf Exteriors & Remodeling, for more help.