Winter can prove to be a tough time for roofs. Snowfall, high winds, storms, ice, falling tree branches — all of these can mean trouble for your roof. When it comes to roof damage, prevention is always better than cure. After all, you don’t want your roof failing (or falling in) in the middle of a snowstorm. Although there are problems that you cannot control, being prepared for the worst is always better than getting caught off-guard.
If you want to ensure that your roof can withstand the worst that winter can bring, follow these tips:
1. Clean your gutters
Did you know that a clogged gutter can cause basement flooding? If you haven’t cleaned your gutters for a while, especially after the last leaves of fall have fallen, chances are it is filled with waste and debris. This is particularly the case if you don’t have gutter protection installed.
Once winter comes, your gutters will have to work hard. When snow and ice melt, your gutters need to function well to effectively drive all that water away. Otherwise, the water will look for other places to go to, such as your home’s roof deck and home foundation.
So, if you want to make sure that your Akron and Canton, OH home’s roof is prepared for winter, put gutter maintenance in high regard.
2. Trim trees around your home
Are there trees near or around your home? Do they have branches hanging over your roof? Before the cold months set in, you should make sure to have to branches cut.
Overhanging branches cause two problems. First, branches and leaves that continually tap and touch your roof contribute to premature wear and tear of roofing material. They also prevent your roof from drying completely after it rains. Moisture can damage roofing materials, and cause mold and algae growth.
Secondly, weak branches can break and fall on your roof when the weather gets tough.
3. Clean the roof of any debris
One of the best roof maintenance tasks you can do before winter comes in is to clean your roof of any debris. These wastes can gather water that can later cause damage to the roofing material and foundation. Furthermore, when water settles on your roof for a long time, mold can form, leading to roofing material degradation.
4. Shoo away pests
It’s not only humans who seek warm shelter during the cold months. Pests, such as mice, raccoons, squirrels, and even birds can seek refuge inside your home. They will often make a nest or hiding spot in the space between the roof and the decking.
Before winter fully sets in, make sure you have your home checked for pests. You should also have a Akron and Canton, OH roofer check whether the pests have damaged your roof.
5. Insulate the attic
Insulation not only helps keep your home cool in summer. It also helps ensure that your home is warm in winter and that ice dams do not form on your roof. Have a professional roofer check whether you need to reinforce your attic insulation or apply a new one.
Want to make sure your roof is ready for the cold weather? ACR Contracting is the name to call for high-quality roof inspection and services in Akron and Canton, OH. Call us today to schedule a free inspection!