Prepare Your Roof for the Winter

shutterstock_225316459_roofhospital2nd-300x200Just two weeks ago, we celebrated Halloween and that can only mean two things, by the end of the month Christmas decorations and music will be everywhere and it’s going to snow soon.

We’ll have a helpful blog next month about putting up christmas lights, but for now let’s focus on the problem of snow. Snow and ice make roofing repairs and maintenance really difficult. That means early November is your last chance to do the chores we’ve been telling you to do since September.

 

Have an Inspection Done.

As long as you have a professional come every few years, you can actually do this yourself as long as you’re comfortable with heights. You’ll want to look for any cracked, curled, or torn shingles. Are there any places shingles are missing entirely? You might want to check for hail damage and it’s also a good idea to check your attic for leaks. If you aren’t comfortable doing this sort of inspection yourself, ask for help! You should never put yourself in a position you do not feel safe in! It’s just not worth it.

Clear Your Eavestroughs!

We know we’ve already written two blogs on eaves troughs, but it’s really important. Clearing your eavestroughs is the best way to prevent ice dams which often lead to leaks. If you’re comfortable with a ladder, it’s not even that hard, but it does need to get done. Clearing your eave troughs will also reduce your risk for flooding in spring, and we can promise you that a basement half filled with water is never a fun way to learn a lesson.

One of the most important reasons to clear your eaves troughs though, is that this chore can tell you the condition of your roof. Sometimes there isn’t any obvious problems, but if you find a lot of little pebbles called shingle granules in your eaves trough, you can bet that your roof will start leaking soon if it’s not already.

Ready to finally get your eavestroughs cleared? We hope our handy step-by-step guide to gutter cleaning can help you get the job done stress-free. But, as always, if you have any questions or need help with your roof, give Roof Hospital a call at (403) 457-3330.