For many Americans, owning a home brings a sense of stability and peace of mind. With ownership, however, comes a responsibility to keep up with the maintenance on your home. Making sure your home is a safe space for you and your family is an important job. Being diligent and being preventative is the best way to ensure a safe and happy winter season. Your roof takes the brunt of the cold weather, snow and frigid temperatures. Taking continuous care can make sure your roof is problem free throughout the rest of the winter and increases the overall safety of your home.
Taking care of your roof throughout the winter
Take a Look
Start off with basic roof maintenance, checking the roof framing structure, to make sure it has not been compromised. Visually scan the roof for any sagging or uneven areas. If you do see an area that looks uneven, this may mean there has been some damage to the roof deck below the shingles.
Check the Gutters
Inspect the gutter systems to make sure they have not been clogged with branches, leaves or other debris. This is important to ensure that rain water and snow have a way off of the roof. If the water or snow is left standing on the roof, there is an increased likelihood of leaking or ice damming.
Tighten the Gutters
Make sure that gutters are fastened properly and are tight and secure so that they don’t cause overflow and build-up or fall off the fascia board. Leaking water can end up causing damage not just to your roof, but to your interior walls as well.
Check the Valleys
Check the valleys of the roof to ensure that they are also free and clear of debris that can add weight to the roof and also act as a barrier to rain and snow. Leaks frequently occur in the valleys so make sure they are well protected by a proper roofing system.
These are just some of the things you can do to keep your home safe this winter. Starting with the roof is the most important part of a safe winter. Taking these tips and using them this winter season can help you enjoy the busy holiday season with your family and not have to worry about roof repair.