Winter may seem milder than other seasons, but it can still bring about unexpected rains, hail, or windstorms. Protecting your home from damage during winter is possible by making sure your roof is in good shape before it gets cold. All-Star Roofing’s expert team suggests these simple steps to prepare your roof for winter.
1. Get Rid of All Traces of Waste
Leaf, twigs, and other debris can build up over time in your gutters. However, it’s critical to clean your gutters one to two times a year to ensure they can perform their job correctly – especially during the winter.
If you find any problems with your gutter system, contact a roofing contractor immediately. To allow frost from melting roofs, your gutters should drain properly in winter. If melted ice does not drain from your gutters it can lead to roof leaks. These leaks can cause serious moisture damage to your home.
2. Trim Your Trees
The landscaping around your home can often cause the accumulation of debris in your gutters. Trim any trees or other vegetation that is near your house before you clean out your gutters. You should also remove any heavy, long-lasting tree limbs that could fall onto your roof in strong windstorms.
3. Apply Roof Sealant
Arizona’s winter weather can change dramatically throughout the day. The temperature could drop to -35 degrees at night and rise the next day.
Temperature fluctuations can have severe consequences for your roof. Your roof can contract when it is cold. When it is warm your roof will expand. These rapid contractions can damage your roof, gutters, or other exterior elements of your home.
To prevent weather changes from damaging your roof, it is important to maintain a constant temperature on your roof. Re-applying roof sealant around vents, fascia, and soffit boards is a great way to do this. Roof sealant is also an additional line of defense against water damage.
4. Make Sure You Have Adequate Insulation and Ventilation
You can also maintain the temperature of your roof by adding insulation to your attic and proper ventilation. The heat from your home can melt the frost on your roof, causing it to re-freeze and melt. This could lead to water damage or leaks.
Make sure your attic is well-insulated and has adequate ventilation. These two factors will keep heat from escaping your house and affecting your roof. They will also help lower your energy bills.
5. Watch Out for Storm Damage
Windstorms can make shingles lose or disappear completely, cause shingle loss or foreign objects to land on your roof, and cause damage.
Call a roofing contractor after a storm to find out if your roof needs to be replaced or repaired to protect your home.
This post was written by a roofing specialist at All-Star Roofing. We offer the best roofers in Tampa Bay FL. We are a family owned and operated roofing business, striving to be the best in our industry. Our family has been in the Tampa Bay area for over 60 years, and our objective has always been to provide roofing services at a fast, reliable, and competitive rate. All-Star has a tradition of quality workmanship, servicing residential and commercial properties. Click here for more information!