The winter months can be hard on your roof and on your entire home as well. Any roofing malfunctions during the coldest months of the year can compromise the comfort, efficiency, and even safety of your home.
It's important to remember fall roof maintenance to keep your home in great shape no matter how harsh this winter gets in your area. The following are four important tasks to take care of in the coming months to prepare your roof for winter:
Check your attic for moisture penetration
In many parts of the country, storms and precipitation are common in the late summer and early fall. This means that any leaks that could potentially develop in the winter may become noticeable before the winter starts.
Keep in mind the fact that roof leaks are likely to be much more difficult to repair once the weather gets cold and the snow begins to fall. The mid-fall is a good time to go up in your attic and look out for any signs of moisture penetration.
Clean out your gutters
Clogged gutters can create enormous problems once snowfall and snowmelt begin to top your roof. One of the most important functions of gutters is to channel snowmelt off your roof in the winter months so that it doesn't lead to ice dams.
If you live in a colder area, ice dams could form at the edges of your roof when snow falls and begins to melt if your gutters are not properly channeling moisture to the ground. These ice dams often lead to leaks inside a home that can in turn lead to pesky water damage issues.
Clean fallen foliage and any other debris out of your gutters in the fall to avoid complications.
Trim back branches and vegetation above your roof
When snow falls on trees branches that are hanging above your roof, those branches will be more likely to snap off and fall down. Falling branches can damage your roof. It's therefore a good idea to take some time to trim back branches before it gets too cold and the snow arrives.
Have your roof inspected and repaired if necessary
As before mentioned, roof repairs are much easier in the fall than they are in the winter. Once it gets cold out, you're not going to want your roof left open to penetration by the elements while parts have to be removed so repairs can be performed.
Have your roof inspected in the fall and get any repairs taken care of so that you'll stay warm and dry all winter.