Once winter comes you will have a lot of different concerns regarding your home. You need to make sure your pipes are ready for the lower temperatures, so they don't freeze. You need to make sure your heaters are all in good working order. You need to make sure your home is winterized so that heat won't escape on you while you are trying to warm up the house. You will also need to make sure your roof is in the proper shape to withstand the moisture, coldness, snow and ice. When it comes to verifying the roof is winter-ready, here are 5 of the things you want to check for and do:
1: Make sure the rain can make its way all the way through the gutters and downspouts
If the rain comes down and finds clogged gutters around your roof then it will have nowhere to go except over the sides of the gutters. This will cause stains on your house's paint and rotting along the roof. In this same respect, if the water goes through nice clean gutters only to be met by a clogged downspout, then it will come out the seams and stain the house. If it freezes and becomes ice, it can put a lot of constant weight on the gutters and cause damage that will then need to be fixed. For these reasons, clear out the gutters and downspouts before you find yourself dealing with problems. If you aren't up to doing the job yourself, you can easily hire someone to do it for you.
2: Have all broken and missing shingles or tiles replaced right away
If you don't feel it's safe to get on your roof yourself, you may be able to see the whole thing with a pair of binoculars from the ground. If there are still blind areas you can't see, it will be worth it to have it inspected by a commercial roofing company so you know the roof is prepared for winter weather.
3: Have the flashing checked for any signs of damage and repaired
The flashing around the roof is extremely important. If there is something wrong with the flashing then it can leave your roof susceptible to major problems, such as huge leaks. This is due to the areas where the flashing is put, which include bends, connections and other areas where some serious leaks can occur.
4: Salt areas at risk of problems with ice
If there are spots where ice dams can build up, put ice on those areas before a snowfall. You may also want to be sure to put salt along the edges of the roof or anywhere icicles can develop. When icicles get large they can be very dangerous if they fall on someone who is walking under them. If you see icicles hanging from the roof, it's best to go out and knock them down right away.
5: Have thick layers of snow removed
Generally, houses have properly shaped roofs for the region they are in. However, if you find that the snow has come down in such full force that it has really stacked up on your roof, you want to make sure you have someone come out to clear the roof off of all that snow. Not only is it a danger if it falls down on someone, but it is putting a lot of weight on your roof which is also very dangerous.
Contact a company like WNC Roofing for more information and assistance.