Although it rarely snows here in Greenville SC, it does happen. Even without the threat of snow, there are a few things to be aware of when it comes to the maintenance of your roof. These top roof maintenance tips will help you keep your home safe throughout the year.
1. Beware of Ice
Even if it isn’t snowing, you should be alert for ice. An ice dam can be dangerous for any roof. Ice can also become heavy. When water from your roof flows towards your gutters, and temperatures drop overnight it freezes around your gutter. This can cause a backup of water, which can freeze and cause damage to your roof and create leaks.
You can hire a roofing contractor to remove ice. It’s best to hire a professional to handle it because it can be slippery. This will help you avoid any injuries.
2. Fix your flashing
Flashing is an important part of roof maintenance during winter. Flashing can easily become loose or warped even if it was installed correctly a few years back. This could lead to many problems.
Broken flashing can let snow and icy water enter your roof, causing potential leaks in your home. This is not ideal. To reduce the chances of problems, make sure you check your flashing before it gets cold. Your roof shingles should also be checked. Roof repair services can inspect your roof and make repairs if any of them appear to be damaged or moved.
3. Make sure to check your gutters regularly
Your gutters are the most likely to be affected by ice or snow. You should inspect them for ice dams and buildup. If you find icicles hanging from the gutters, it is likely that you have a problem and need to clear the area.
Your gutters will become weaker if they are left to freeze. They can cause structural damage and even collapse, which could lead to expensive repairs. Keep yours clean before they cause major damage.
4. Don’t underestimate wind damage
While snow and ice are important weather issues to be aware of, don’t underestimate the wind. Storms and heavy winds are common during the colder months and can cause as many problems.
Inspect your roof after heavy winds to see if there are any signs of damage. Check for missing or broken shingles and make a general roof inspection. These can cause leaks if left unchecked. Get them fixed quickly!
5. Keep an eye on your attic
Your roof’s condition directly affects the state of your attic. You don’t want to have many problems if you don’t visit your attic often.
Also, ensure that your attic is well-ventilated and insulated. These two factors can make your roof more vulnerable to the elements and have an impact on its performance. Make sure you inspect your attic for obstructions to ventilation and insulation problems when maintaining your roof.
6. Get rid of all debris
In winter, debris can cause damage to your roof. Be sure to inspect your roofs and the surrounding areas, such as gutters or downspouts, before snowstorms arrive. They should be free from leaves, stones, pine needles, and other debris that could accumulate on the roof.
Clearing all debris in advance of a storm will ensure that moisture doesn’t get as gripped and soaks. Items that are covered in debris will eventually rot and become sodden, which can lead to roof damage. To keep your roof clean in autumn and winter, use a rake or a broom. It will be worth the effort!
For roof maintenance assistance, Call a professional. Contact KM Roof and Home Repair.
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