The winter months can be very harsh and put a lot of stress on a roof. If you want to make it to spring without having to deal with any roofing issues, it is in your best interest to spend some time in the fall making sure that your roof is in tip top shape and ready for the coldest months of the year. Use the following tips to get your roof ready for winter:
Get an Inspection by a Roofing Contractor
One of the best things that you can do to protect your roof during the winter is have it inspected by a professional roofing contractor during the late fall. A roofing contractor will be able to see if you have any broken or curling shingles or cracks in the roof that need to be repaired. Having an inspection done and repairs made can help ensure that you don't experience any major roof leaks from heavy rain or melting snow.
Clear the Gutters and Drains
After all of the leaves have fallen off the trees in the fall months, spend a day checking all of your gutters and removing dead leaves and other debris from your gutters and drains. Clean gutters and drains are essential for keeping your roof in good repair—if water from melting snow can't drain properly, it can pool on the roof and cause damage or refreeze and cause ice dams.
Have a Snow Removal Plan
If you live in an area that gets several feet of snow each winter, it is important to understand how much snow your roof can bear. This can be hard to determine on your own, but when you hire a roofing contractor to do an inspection in the fall, he or she should be able to look at the type of roof that you have as well as its pitch and determine how much snow your roof can hold.
Once you know how much snow your roof can safely hold, you need a plan to remove excess snow safely. One easy way to do this is by purchasing a snow rake with a handle that extends several feet so you can remove snow while standing on the ground. If you have a multi-story house, or if your area experiences extreme storms that produce a large amount of snow in just a couple of days, you should hire a snow removal company to assist you in the winter months.