With winter on the horizon it is never too early to begin your winter roof preparation. Getting your roof ready for winter is a strong continuation of your fall cleanup. The key here is to identify any issues before winter weather hits. As snow piles up on your roof it insulates itself, trapping moisture to any problem areas. Similarly, as things begin to freeze, ice expansion can get under loosened shingles, as well as weaken and destroy your gutters. Below you will find a list of winter roof preparation tips to ensure you stay dry and warm all winter long.
Winter Roof Preparation Truly Begins With Your Fall Cleanup
Here in the Northeast, fall cleanups are a sport for many, spending hours wrangling seemingly never-ending piles of leaves on a daily basis. As diligent as you may be with your roof and gutters during this time, it is smart to check again once all of your leaves have fallen to ensure there are no stragglers that hung on until the bitter end. High fall winds can cause branches and limbs to fall onto your roof long after you’ve finished your cleanup.
Continue to Monitor Changes in Your Shingles
Due to the warming and cooling of the seasons, we often find it to be windier in the spring and fall versus winter and summer. This is due to cool and warm air flows moving in during the seasons and replacing the opposite, that was already there, creating winds. A windy fall might cause damage to your shingles after you have already checked them. This is a strong reason to check again before snow flies, to ensure your roof is healthy for the rough weather ahead.
Check for Overhanging Branches
While this may seem like a no-brainer to some, it is very wise to check for any large limbs that may be hanging over your roof or yard. All it takes is one storm with high wind or heavy snow and ice to have these limbs come crashing down, causing serious damage. It goes without saying to safely move/remove these limbs while also ensuring you are not damaging a neighbor’s tree or property.
Purchase a Roof Rake
Proper care must be taken when using a roof rake, however, a small amount of labor in removing heavy snow from your roof can alleviate a serious headache down the road. According to FEMA, light fluffy snow can weigh as little as 3 pounds per foot, with heavy snow coming in at 21 pounds per square foot. You can imagine the weight when looking at a 2000 square foot roof, for example. Also, by clearing snow in a timely manner, you prevent it from turning to ice, which can weight 57 pounds per square foot. Quite simply, residential roofs aren’t designed to withstand that much weight.
Call a Professional
Seeing minute details in a roof is what professionals are there for. You may not see a small issue until it turns into a larger one. On the other hand, professional roofers are experienced in seeing and diagnosing issues before they become even more costly.
Feel free to contact us for any further questions about your winter roof preparation.