As fall is swiftly approaching, you are likely looking at all of the things you need to do around your house as the summer heat begins to fade away and the winter chill slowly begins to creep in. The fall is the perfect time to take steps to prepare for the cold winter months. One of the areas of your home that you should most focus on when trying to get ready for those frigid winter months is your roof. Your roof is the main portion of your house that protects you from the brunt of the elements. As such, it takes a regular beating throughout the year, from thunderstorms and hail in the summer to snow and ice in the winter. Get to know some of the steps you can take to prepare your roof for winter this fall.
Clear and Cover Those Gutters
While your rain gutters are not technically a part of your roof, they do have a major impact on your roof. If the gutters begin to overflow with debris (usually leaves and twigs), the debris can be pushed up under the shingles along the edge of the roof, causing bulging and damage to the shingles as well as the underlying structure. This can also cause additional snow or ice buildup onto the roof which could cause additional damage.
Because of all this, one of the tasks you need to focus on in the fall is to clear out your gutters, especially while the leaves are falling for the season. This will help prevent that damaging buildup. An additional step that you may want to take is to install covers on your gutters. These covers are made of mesh or similarly designed materials. The idea is to prevent large debris from being able to get into your gutters in the first place. This will help ensure your roof is protected from gutter debris and will help you save time and energy in the years to come.
Have a Home Roofer Come Do an Inspection
Most homeowners are fully capable of getting up on their roofs and taking a look around. And if you are able to do so, you may know how to recognize significant problems like missing or broken shingles. However, as you are likely not a roofer yourself, it can be difficult for you to notice subtle problems that could affect your roof's ability to function throughout the winter.
For example, the amount of granule on your shingles can be indicative of roof "health." Too few granules can mean the shingles are getting worn down and are more susceptible to damage. Small areas of damage like slightly warped shingles or a slight lifting away from the underlayment can also escape the homeowner's eye.
This is why having a home roofer come out and take a look at your roof will help to give you peace of mind that everything is in order before winter. They will be able to remove and replace any damaged shingles and/or advise you on any major repairs that should be taken care of before the winter weather fully sets in.
With these roofing maintenance tips in mind, you can be sure that you get everything necessary done before winter arrives. If you need help, reach out to home roofers in your area.