How To Prepare Your Roof for Winter
As we enter the colder months, homeowners everywhere need to think about winterization. At Novalis Roofing and Siding, we know how vital roof prep is before the harsh weather begins. We have put together a guide to help you prepare for colder months to come.
Clean the Debris
The first step to preparing your roof is to clean it. Make sure your roof has no branches, leaves, or other debris on top of it. If you let debris sit on your roof, it will eventually begin to rot. If you notice black algae growing, contact professionals to have it treated immediately to prevent further growth.
Inspect for Damage
When we inspect your roof, we will look for a variety of damages. Some of the damages we look for include:
- Broken and loose shingles
- Unsealed flashing
- Leaking roofs
Unclog the Gutters
Gutters fill with falling leaves and other debris over time. When weight builds up in the gutters, it can cause them to collapse or to rip away from the house. You need to clean your gutters regularly to prevent major issues that can lead to severe damage in your home.
A hose, chimney brush, or broom can help with stubborn clogs, but consider enlisting the help of professionals for the most effective gutter cleaning. If you want to prevent future clogs, you may want to consider extensions to your downspouts and leaf guards.
Inspect the Attic and Ventilation
If you do not have proper airflow through the attic in the colder months, you may have difficulty heating your home. With these difficulties, you’re bound to have higher heating bills.
When inspecting your attic, we will look closely at the insulation. Your insulation should be uniform in volume and height. Additionally, all of your attic vents and fans should be installed correctly, with no signs of animal life. If you have stains or leaks in the attic or ceilings, your roof will likely need further repairs.
Winter weather can wreak havoc on your roofing system. At Novalis Roofing and Siding, we understand how important it is to keep your roof in top shape for the coming cold months. For solutions to your roof’s problems, contact us today!