When winter comes, you want to make sure your home is ready for it. With winter often comes the probability of colder weather, rain, high winds and snow. Unless you live in an area where the weather is relentless, a roof in good condition can usually take these things with little concern. However, if there are even minor problems with your roof, then this type of weather can cause these small problems to become big ones and even lead to damage to other areas of your house. Find out how to prepare your roof for wintertime by reading this article.
Watch for damages all year
Make a point to look up at your roof when you are taking care of your lawn, gardening or doing anything else in your yard. Look specifically for problems like lifted or missing shingles. These should be repaired or replaced right after you spot the problem. Otherwise, it can lead to leaks and this can cause more than just roof problems when it rains. If the rain water goes all the way into the house then you may also be looking at damage to your ceiling, walls, carpet and furniture.
Watch for overgrown trees
Trees can become a problem if large branches grow directly over your roof. They can sway back and forth in winds, scraping your roof constantly as they move. This can cause some of the shingles to lift after enough wear is put on them. Also, heavy branches may fall under the stress of winds or the weight of snow. Have someone come out and cut back any trees you are worried about. Also, keep an eye out for diseased trees; these will be at higher risk of falling. You can tell a diseased tree by looking for ones producing leaves with abnormal spots on them or looking for an abnormal color on the trunk.
Pay attention to gutters and flashing
Your rain gutters need to be kept clean and in good shape to ensure the rain water moves properly through the gutters and exits the down spouts. If they get full of debris or are damaged, the water can get held up and cause water damage to the roof, as well as stains on the wall. Also, the flashing (the metal material around vents and chimneys) can get damaged and lead to leaks. If you notice any damage to these areas, you should have the problem taken care of as soon as possible. Talk to a roofing service.