Winter is on its way. If you're expecting snow, now's the time to make sure that your roof is ready for action. Harsh winter weather can destroy your roof, especially when snow is involved. Luckily, it doesn't take too much to make sure that your roof is safe and secure throughout the winter. Here are four crucial steps you need to take to get your roof ready for the first snow fall of winter.
Inspect Your Roof
If it's been a while since you last inspected your roof, it's a good idea to take care of that before winter arrives. You never know what type of damage is hiding up there. Before winter arrives, walk around your roof and take a good look at the entire surface, including the metal flashing around your chimney and heater vents. If you see any signs of damage to your roof, take are of those repairs before winter arrives. It will be easier and safer to make the necessary repairs before your roof is covered with ice and snow. Not only that, but if your roof requires major repairs, it will be easier to schedule a service call with your roofing contractor before they get busy taking care of emergency repairs throughout the community.
Remove the Debris
While you're inspecting your roof, be sure to spend some time removing the debris that might have built up over the spring and summer. Dirt and leaves will destroy your roof, especially once moisture begins to build up underneath. Not only that, but those piles of debris could be hiding roof damage or mold. To provide maximum protection for your roof this winter, clear away all the dirt and debris before the first snow fall.
Take Care of the Gutters
If you have gutters on your home, they need to be cleaned and repaired before winter arrives. You might think that you can ignore your gutters until spring – when the rains are scheduled to return – but that's not the case. Clean gutters help prevent ice dams along the edge of your roof. They also ensure that melting snow has a place to go, other than around the foundation of your home. Before you're faced with roof-damaging ice dams and floods from melting snow, make sure your gutters are clean and ready to go.
Hire a Snow Removal Service
If you're expecting a lot of snow this year, start the season off right by hiring a snow removal service. This is particularly important for your roof. Heavy snow pack will destroy your roof, but you might not have the equipment or the experience to clean it off safely. That's where the snow removal service comes in handy. They'll come out and clear the snow off your roof so you can avoid the damage and the danger.
Contact a service, like Griffitts Construction Siding and Windows, for more help.