How to Protect Your Roof from Winter Damage

January 22, 2019

A roof can sustain most of its damage during the winter season. However, with some careful planning, a home can be protected from the most violent winter season. Below are five steps you can take to ensure that your roof can withstand the next winter storm.

The first thing you should do is go up into the attic and check for leaks. Snow and rain can seep into the attic and cause damage into the home’s ceiling. If you detect leaks in your roof, you can find easy ways to patch the leaks before the first winter storm hits.

Second, you should clear the debris on the roof and clean the gutters. Debris on the roof can flow into the gutters and block the drainage when the snow melts. This can cause snow and water to remain on your roof and create more damage. After clear the roof of debris, check and clear the gutters to ensure there is no blockage in those areas as well. To test your gutters, run water from the roof to check to see if the water runs, unobstructed, to the ground level.

Next, you will want to check the sealant around your antennas, brick stacks and plumbing stacks. These sealants will wear down every couple of years. And you don’t want to wait until after the first snowstorm hits before replacing any sealant. You can find replacement sealant at your local home improvement store as well as online. Sealant replacement is rather simple job and you should be able to complete the project without having to hire a contractor.

Afterward, you will want to make a complete inspection of your chimney. Specifically, you will want to check for loose bricks, mission mortar chunks and cracks. If you see a problem, it is critical that you contact a contractor as soon as possible. High winds and heavy snow can topple and destroy a chimney stack. This can not only render your fireplace useless, it can also cause major damage to your roof.

Finally, you will want to check the roof singles. Your roof has thousands of shingles and a couple of them may already be loose. These loose roof shingles can make that part of the house especially vulnerable during a winter storm. Repair or replace each loose shingle before the winter arrives.

Your roof is one of the most important parts of your home. And the winter season provides the ultimate test for the strength and durability of your roof. By taking precautions, before the first snow storm comes, your roof will be able to survive the next big blizzard without a problem.

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