Winter is tough on roofs. Strong winds can tear off loose shingles, while snow, ice and water can render your roofing system structurally unsound by dampening your interior. Fortunately, you can take proactive steps to bolster your roof’s defense against the wrath of winter.
Here’s what you can do to prepare your roofing system for the coldest months:
Schedule a Professional Inspection Proactively
Many homeowners assume if they don’t see signs of obvious damage on their roof then all is well. This is a mistake, as many roofing problems are lurking under the surface or may not be obvious to the untrained eye. Unaddressed, these problems will worsen until they cause serious damage that will be costly to repair. The only way to be certain that your roof is in good shape is to invest in routine professional inspections and maintenance. Scheduled inspections help you stay up-to-date on your roof’s condition. They allow you to identify and fix minor problems early, sparing you the ordeal of dealing with a major leak in the dead of winter.
Regulate Attic Ventilation
Adequate attic ventilation is key to preventing ice dam formation. Contrary to popular belief, ice damming shouldn’t occur just because it snows. Ice dams are the product of uneven roof temperature. If your attic is poorly ventilated, the plane of your roof would become warmer than its edges. Snow that falls on the top of your roof will melt, just to refreeze as it approaches your gutters, causing an ice dam.
An attic checkup is part of a roof inspection. Experienced roofing professionals can find telling indications of poor attic ventilation, such as mold growth and traces of moisture.
Mind the Gutters
The health of your gutters is critical to the health of your roof. As the roof’s drainage system, gutters and downspouts that aren’t working properly set the stage for water seepage and intrusion. A clogged gutter system can severely damage your foundation and landscaping.
Turn to Edmunds General Contracting to winter-proof your roof. Call us at (877) 618-5955 to schedule your roof inspection in Andover or Lawrence and get a free repair estimate.