Winter is rapidly approaching once more, and it is time to think about how the Pacific Northwest weather is going to affect our roofs.
Wind, rain, and icy conditions can play havoc with your roof and leave it leaking or worse. Freezing rain and snow may fall on our roofs. This can cause ice rinks and puddles to form on the tops of our roofs.
When winter descends upon us, there is nothing to do but to brace ourselves and to prepare for the bad weather. Your roof should be no exception to this preparation.
In this post, we’ll take a look at some of the top winter roofing tips for homes in the Pacific Northwest.
Inspect Your Roof
One of the most important steps that you should take in looking after your roof ahead of the winter months is to get your roof inspected by a professional roofer.
A professional roofer will be able to carry out proper maintenance to your roof prior to the onslaught of the cold season. This is essential when it comes to protecting the interior of your home too as leaks that form during the winter months could cause water to get into your home and will bring about interior damage.
Ideally, you should inspect your roof twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall. Inspecting the roof before the winter will reduce the chances of freezing weather aggravating any existing problems with your roof and will cause more destruction.
Take Care Of Surrounding Trees
Trees that have heavy branches that overhang above your roof can pose a threat to your roof. If wind or snowfall causes dead branches to fall onto your roof, it could be very destructive. A branch could smash through shingles or roofing panels.
You should take the time at the start of the fall to cut back any overhanging or dead branches that could damage your roof if they were to fall.
Clean Your Gutters Out
During the fall, your gutters may get filled with dead leaves. Gutters are vital for draining rainwater and melting snow. If your gutters and the attached downspouts are blocked, then it could cause water to overflow and it could cause damage to your roof and the interior of your home.
It is important that you keep your gutters clear of fallen leaves. Get up on a step ladder and clear out your drains in the fall and again in the spring.
Replace Any Missing Or Damaged Shingles
If you have any broken or missing shingles going into the winter months, then you should get these fixed or replaced ahead of the winter.
But how can you tell if a shingle is faulty? If you discover twigs, leaves, and other debris lodged underneath, then this could be a sign that they need to be replaced.
Keeping your roof in the best shape possible requires some effort, however, if you are unable to do the work yourself, you should enlist the help of a professional roofing company.