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5 Ways to Prepare Your Roof for Winter

A cream and tan house covered in snow with bushes and trees out in the front yard of the home

Before the heavy snow and freezing temperatures head our way, we recommend performing a roof inspection to ensure your roof is ready to handle heavy snow and ice. Regular maintenance is the best way to prolong the lifespan of your roof and keep it looking great all year round. It’s even more important right before winter when your roof takes the biggest hit from the weather. Any issues that go unresolved during the winter, could turn into a major issue down the line. Fixing any problems now will save you time and money once the snow melts. We’ve compiled a list of things to look for during your roofing inspection.

Clear Excess Debris 

Make sure to clear debris that found its way onto your roof. If left unchecked, debris can clog drains, add extra weight on your roof and extra moisture may even result in mold formation on your roof.  The easiest way to clear debris is to safely get on your roof and remove branches, leaves, and anything else you might find. If you can’t access your roof or don’t feel comfortable climbing your way up there, give us a call and we can help you get your roof ready for winter.

Clean The Gutters 

Check your gutters for signs of corrosion, loose fittings and make sure it’s secure and hasn’t detached from your roof. During the winter your gutters are subject to freezing temperatures that often cause them to freeze over. Built-up leaves that are left from fall can add extra weight on top of the heavy snow that winter brings. If the gutter has too much weight it can separate from the roof, which is a headache to take care of during below zero temperatures. Cleaning your gutters during October and November is a great way to give them a head start before all the snow and ice makes its way to Iowa.  While this may be low on the list for home maintenance chores, it’s one of the most important to ensure your roof and gutters are working properly. 

Cut Down Surrounding Tree Branches 

Trim nearby branches and trees that hang over your roof to prevent excess debris from getting trapped under the heavy snow during the winter. Cutting down surrounding tree branches will not only help clear debris on your roof, but it can help secure the foundation of the roof that can cause damage. Doing this regularly during the fall will save you time and money in the future. 

Perform an Indoor Inspection 

Once you have done all you can to the exterior of your roof, head inside to perform an indoor inspection. If you have an attic, check for signs of water damage. If you happen to find water stains, contact a roofing professional to resolve issues as soon as possible. Poor insulation is often the cause of water damage found in attics. This can lead to heat escaping from your home and high energy bills. Reinforcing parts of the attic will help prevent water damage and mold while keeping you warm during the winter.

Set Up Roof Maintenance Today

After doing an initial inspection, reach out to us at Smart Roofing with any questions or concerns regarding your roof. We can provide an expert inspection, quote, and plan on how to ensure your roof will be ready for the winter. Every roofing project we complete around central Iowa uses quality materials and workmanship. Contact us today! 

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