Preparing Your Roof for Winter

Warm fall days transition into cool fall days. 

Waking up to frost on the tips of the lawn reminds us that we need to prepare ourselves and our homes for the potential of a harsh winter. Failing to prepare your roof for winter can turn your calm, cozy evenings into sleepless nights worrying if your roof will last through the season.

By the time you finish reading this article, you will know the major tasks you need to complete to fully prepare your roof for winter and when you need to call a Longmont Roofer to help you.

Inspect Gutters

Start your roof preparation by getting out a ladder and inspecting your gutters. Clogged and damaged gutters may cause roof damage. Clean the debris from the gutters to keep a clear path for melting snow to drain from your roof.

Also, ensure that you do not have damaged gutters. Check their seams to make sure they’re tight and not leaking. Leaky gutter seams will let water into your soffit and ultimately damage your roof.

If you have a home with multiple rooflines and gutters, call in a Longmont roofing expert to clean your gutters. These experts have the equipment to safely clean your gutters and prevent damage to your roof.

Remove Debris

Move beyond the gutters to clean debris from the rest of your roof. Look for twigs, leaves, and other debris that have accumulated. Such accumulations can create dams that hold snow and ice which will ultimately damage your roof.

Examine Your Roofline

After you’ve cleaned your gutters, examine your roofline carefully. The lines should be straight. Look for signs of curving, sagging, or dipping.

Sagging rooflines indicate a problem with the roof and your house frame. A saturated roof deck will cause the droopy line. If you have a sagging line, your roof is at risk of caving in during the heaviest of winter storms.

Call in a roofing expert if you notice a sagging roofline. They can best determine the next steps to take so you can protect your roof and your home.

Inspect Chimney Flashing

The chimney flashing is the metal that surrounds the base of your chimney. It i is a common place for leaks.

So check the flashing to make sure it’s tight. Look for signs that water has entered near the chimney as well. If you have damaged flashing, call a roofer to replace or repair the flashing.

Check Attic

Your attic is the spot closest to your roof. So, if you have roof damage, your attic will show signs of this leak. Look specifically for water spots on the ceiling and walls of the attic as well as puddles on the floor. 

Water damage means you need a roof repair

Seek a Longmont Roofer

If you notice any problems in your roofline, gutters, flashing, or attic, call a Longmont roofer. A local roofer from Longmont, Colorado will understand the roof issues specific to the area. They’ll understand how to prepare your roof for a Colorado winter.

Do you need a roof inspection or repair? If so, contact us. Our experts are ready to help you with all your roofing needs.

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