Preparation Tips to Get your Roof Ready for Winter
Winter Roof Preparation Checklist
Your roofing system should undergo maintenance before the start of every season, but it is especially important before winter comes barreling into our area. Hail, snow and ice can wreak havoc on your home or business property’s roof if you do not plan ahead and take the necessary steps for winterizing. TQRR, a roofing contractor in Harford County MD, provides a winter roof preparation checklist that homeowners and commercial building owners alike should follow starting in mid-October. Properly preparing your roof for the harsh winter weather ensures a strong structure and helps to prevent leaks and other expensive roof repairs.
10 Essential Roof Preparation Tips for Winter Season
Cut Hanging Branches: While trees provide protection from the heat during the warmer months, in the winter they can cause expensive damage to asphalt shingle roofs.
Remove Debris, Dirt & Leaves: Past seasonal storms allow leaves, dirt and other debris to collect on your roof and in your gutters. This should all be cleared off to prevent mold growth and protect your roofing system’s structural integrity.
Inspect Attic for Leaks: Your attic provides tell-tale signs of damage, cracks and roof leaks. Check for water damage, mold, the presence of animals and abnormal light. If you find any of these, call a professional roofer right away!
Insulation & Ventilation: Good insulation and proper ventilation in your attic are key to saving money on utility bills and reduce snow/ice accumulation.
Eye Test: Inspect the roof for structural damage, missing shingles, mold & mildew or other signs of wear & tear. If you feel safe enough you can get up on a ladder for a better view. Remember, only a professional roofing contractor can see damage the untrained eye cannot spot.
Gutter & Downspout Maintenance: Preparing your roof for the upcoming snow and ice means you must prepare the entire system, your gutters and downspout included.
Pest Inspection: Check your attic, roof and gutters for the presence of birds nests, rodent droppings and wildlife animals. You should always refer to a professional pest control company to safely remove the animals.
Don’t Delay Repairs: At the first sign of a leak, missing shingles or damage from a storm, do not delay when it comes to making repairs to your roofing system. The damage will only get worse and the cost will increase substantially if not addressed promptly.
Replace Old Caulking: Old, dry caulking can crack when the temperature starts to drop. Inspect the caulking around vent pipes, chimneys and counter-flashing for signs of age or damage.
Hire a Roofing Professional: It is always best to refer to the industry experts when it comes to roofing inspections, maintenance and repairs. TQRR is available for seasonal roofing inspections, storm damage checks and emergency roof repairs throughout Harford County MD, Anne Arundel County, MD and the greater Baltimore, MD area. Call 410-844-3111 to schedule your roof winter preparation inspection today!