Winter weather can negatively impact your roof. The cold can cause shingles and other materials to become brittle, and this can lead to water damage. Additionally, your roof can become damaged because of the high winds that often occur during the winter months. To keep your roof in top shape, follow these five winter roofing tips.
1. Maintain Your Flashing
Even if your flashing has been installed recently, it can still quickly warp and become loose. Once flashing loosens or warps, problems can result such as water leaking into your home. It is best to have your flashing inspected by a roofing professional before the cold weather really gets under way. If the roofing professional finds any problems during the inspection, he or she will make the necessary repairs.
2. Thoroughly Inspect Your Gutters Regularly
Another winter roofing tip you need to implement is to inspect your gutters regularly. Dirt and debris can build up in your gutter over time, and this can lead to flooding because the water will have nowhere to go. Your gutters can also become weighed down and will separate from your house as a result. Structural damage will occur resulting in expensive repairs. If you see dirt and debris in your gutters, clear it out. It will also be beneficial for you to have your gutters cleaned professionally before the weather gets too cold.
3. Clear the Debris Off Your Roof
Debris buildup can be disastrous for your roof. Debris can weigh your roof down, and it can also hold moisture that will lead to your roofing materials becoming moldy and rotting. To clean the debris off your roof, use a rake or broom. The extra work will be worth it because you will save money since you will not have to pay for expensive roofing repairs.
4. Regularly Monitor Your Attic
If you do not go up into your attic regularly, you need to start now. Checking your attic will enable you to notice if there are any leaks or other issues present. If you spot any problems, call a roofing professional immediately so the problems do not become bigger.
5. Inspect Your Roof for Wind Damage
High winds are prevalent during the winter. Because of this, you need to check your roof regularly for wind damage. Each time there are high winds, check your roof once they have passed for loose shingles and loose gutters.
Following these five winter roofing tips will ensure your roof remains in top shape. If you are a resident of Bakersfield, CA or the surrounding areas and want an inspection to make sure your roof is ready for the winter, contact Ed & J United Roofing.