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Roof It Forward - How To Prep Your Roof For Colder Weather

November 08, 2022

As we get closer to the end of the year, winter weather is on its way. Just like you prepare your wardrobe with long sleeves, boots, and pants, you also need to prepare your roof for colder weather. Winter can be a wonderland, but also be harsh on your roof. Continue reading to learn more about how to prepare your roof for colder weather.

Check Your Attic

First, start inside your home. Go into your attic and look for any signs of water damage. Signs of water damage include water spots on walls, wet ceilings, any active leaks, and water stains. If you see any signs of water damage, it's time to call a roofing contractor to address the issues on top of your roof.

Clean Your Gutters

Your gutters are your best friends when it comes to precipitation. Your gutter system will move all rainwater and melted snow down the ground. However, if your gutters are full of leaves and other debris, they cannot work properly. With all of the falling leaves in autumn, make sure you clean out your gutters before winter comes.

Trim Any Low Branches

If you have any trees that have branches hanging over your roof, it's time to cut them back. Any storm could cause these branches to crack from strong winds, resulting in a damaged roof. If you have snow in your area, if the branches get too heavy with snow, they can crack under the weight and fall on your roof. Instead of removing them yourself and risking them falling on your roof in the process, it is best to call a tree-cutting professional.

Check Your Roofline And Chimney Flashing

Anything that handles inspecting your roof in detail should be done by a professional. However, you can safely look from the ground for any problem areas. When looking at your roofline, watch out for any dipping, curving, or sagging. Any existing damage to the roofline could worsen with heavy rain or snowfall. Your chimney flashing is the strip of metal that connects your chimney to your roof to prevent any leaks in that intersection. If the chimney flashing is damaged, it's not able to do its job. If your chimney flashing looks loose or damaged, has cracked or damaged caulking or has signs of water intrusion, a repair is necessary to prevent any additional damage.

One way to make sure your roof is prepared for winter every year is by participating in Roof It Forward's Roof Maintenance program. This program allows our trained technicians to take a look at your roof and take the proper steps to make sure it can withstand the colder weather. Learn more about our Roof Maintenance package here.

To ensure your roof is ready for colder weather, schedule a free video roofing inspection with ARAC Roof It Forward! A free video roof inspection will allow our team to diagnose potential problems before winter arrives. After the examination, we will show you any concerning areas of your roof, review your repair options, and provide a cost estimate. Schedule your free video inspection with Roof It Forward today.


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