Winter is fast approaching we’re all getting as prepared as we can for it. Winter tends to bring a lot of memories with it (much thanks to Christmas) as well as roof damaging snow and mind numbing cold. Preparing beforehand on how to best keep your roof sturdy and family safe isn’t the worst idea.
Are you a handy man and you like doing your things yourself? This blog might just be what you’ve been looking for. We have taken our time to compile the 5 best ways you can keep your roof protected this winter. Your home and family is everything you hold dear, you can protect both this winter with these easy and effective methods….
INSPECT YOUR ROOF FOR DAMAGES AND FIX THEM
Have you ever come across the saying “a crack in the wall is all it takes to take it down”? I don’t think so because I totally just made that up. But you get the point right? We often neglect the need for routine checks when it comes to our roofs except for when there is a major damage and it’s almost coming down on our heads.
Checking your roof for minor damages that may result in major, costly repairs during the winter would be the best idea. Apart from wasting so much money that could be used for other things on roof repairs during winter, it would be reckless and dangerous to leave the safety of your family and loved ones to chance. Winter is coming, check your roof for damages and fix it as soon as possible.
TRIM BRANCHES OF TREES CLOSE TO YOUR ROOF
Trimming the branches of trees close to your roof is just as important as checking your roof for damages. The consequence of not trimming those loose, over extending branches during winter is a damaged roof.
During heavy snow fall or ice storm, tree branches tends to collect reasonable amount of snow and ice which ends up on your roof and ultimately damages it over time. To prevent this, ensure to trim the branches of trees standing close by to your house or extending over your roof before winter. This simple preventive measure will save you a lot of money in costly roof repair during winter.
INSULATE YOUR ATTIC
Aside from your roof, what else is standing between your family and the freezing winter snow? It has been proven that a more insulated artic prevents accumulation of snow and ice on your roof during winter.
This method of protecting your roof during winter is based off the fact that a more insulated attic generates more heat which tends to keep your roof warm and in turn melts off the snow and ice on it during winter. Your attic can do more than just being a reading room or storage space. It’s time to put your attic to more use this winter.
CLEAN YOUR GUTTERS
I’m pretty sure you’re probably wondering how a clean gutter will help protect your roof this winter. Both your roof and gutter work hand-in-hand to get rid of precipitates during winter. When your gutters are clogged with debris, it won’t be able to perform it function of channeling off water or melted snow that drops from your roof. Accumulation of this winter precipitates causes snow or ice dam which left unchecked will cause leaking and other major damages in your roof.
CLEAR OUT SNOW AND ICE FROM YOUR ROOF
A collapsed roof is definitely the last thing anyone wants during winter. The weight of snow pile and ice can take really heavy toll on the integrity of your roof. This is why it is always advisable to clear out snow piles and ice from your roof during winter to prevent devastating damages and also keep you family safe.