5 Tips to Prepare Your Roof for Winter

Are you ready for the temperatures to drop? As we get closer to winter, it is important to make sure your roof can withstand the elements. Keeping your roof in the best condition this winter starts now with maintenance. 

Here are five tips that will help you prepare your roof for winter: 

Prevent Ice Dams

Clogged gutters can lead to ice dams. Your gutters hold moisture and water when filled with debris. When the cold weather comes that moisture in your gutters will freeze. The ice can damage your roof over time as well as prevent the melting ice from running through the gutter.

Before the weather gets colder, make sure your gutters are clean and water can flow freely. This will reduce the number of ice dams forming in your gutters. 

Check for Sagging Roof Areas

Do you notice any sagging in your roof line? If you notice roof sagging you need to call WeatherShield Roofing & Sheetmetal for a professional inspection. This needs to be addressed before the cold weather moves in, as snow and ice can cause the sag to worsen. 

Fix Existing Leaks

Have you noticed leaks in your roof or attic? Are there any shingles damaged or missing? 

Now is the time to find and fix any leaks. Look for singles that need to be replaced and examine the attic for signs of water stains or dripping. Moisture from melting ice or snow can get into your home and your heated air may leak out.

Check the Flashing

As well as damaged shingles, damaged flashing can cause leaks. Flashing connects the roof to other components such as chimneys, windows, vents or skylights. It is important to inspect the flashing and make sure it is still in good condition. 

Trim Trees

If you have trees touching your roof or overhanging branches, severe weather during winter can cause branches to fall on your roof. This can lead to extensive damage in some cases. Trim away branches and limbs that are touching your roof or hanging over your roof before the temperature gets colder. 

Winter brings the holiday season, but also colder temperatures and severe weather. Make sure your roof can withstand the temperatures of winter, contact WeatherShield Roofing & Sheetmetal today at (817) 441-1446. We are your roofing experts.