This winter, you can be sure that we'll see heavy rain. We might even get some snow or hail. Before we get stormy weather, you need to get your roof ready for winter. Fortunately, you can get your roof ready with a few easy maintenance tasks. And, you can probably do them yourself.
Here's how to get your roof ready for winter – and prevent leaks, debris, and roof damage.
Step 1: Check for Leaks
Roof leaks tend to show themselves eventually. How can you tell if you have a leak? Look for water stains on your ceiling, especially in corners near the exterior walls of your home. Missing or damaged shingles, vents, and improperly sealed flashing are key trouble spots. Give thorough attention to those spots first.
Step 2: Fix Leaks Right Away
There's no such thing as a small leak. The smallest leak can eventually cause your ceiling to fall or create a climate for mold. Those are big problems – take care of leaks as soon as you spot them.
You may be able to repair or replace some shingles yourself. But keep your limits in mind. If you're not confident that you've taken care of the leak without causing further damage to the surrounding shingles, there's a good chance that you need professional help. Saving a few bucks isn't worth the risk of roof leaks.
Getting up on a roof isn't for everyone. Never put yourself in danger. If your roof isn't dry or you're not physically up to the job, be smart – hire a roofing professional.
Step 3: Clean Gutters and Downspouts
Fall weather means you'll get leaves and twigs in your gutters. Wind, rain, and gravity take their toll on all those dead leaves. Remember: blocked gutters and downspouts are a huge problem. Even if they're not causing leaks now, they will soon if you don't clean them out. Make sure your downspouts are sending water at least 3 feet from your foundation.
Step 4: Schedule a Professional Inspection
Most people aren't roofing professionals. There's only so much most people can do when it's time to get your roof ready for winter. If you spot a problem that's beyond your ability, there's no shame in it! Save time and give yourself peace of mind by calling a trained professional. They can see problem areas quickly and easily – and fix them right then and there. Just call Armor Xteriors for roof repairs that will get your roof ready for winter.