Homeowners from all parts of the world need to prepare their roof for the upcoming harsh winter season. For those who are living in areas where the winter is doubly tough, there’s that even more desperate need of preparing the roof for the winter. For them, there is no better proof of what to expect than the previous experience in the past winters. Hence, you have to start securing your snow shovels, gloves, and rain coats for comprehensive roof preparation.
The wet and cold days of the winter are not as pleasant as they seem. They are actually the same culprits in incurring damaged roofs and entire home structures. With this in mind, there’s even greater reason to not just prepare it for the winter, but to have it maintained all year round.
With heavy snow and lots of ice, there’s a certainty of significant damage to the roof shingles, including damage to rafter and trusses. And the burden does not end there. If you fail to address any damage, you are also likely going to be paying more on your heating and energy bills. So to make sure that your roofing structure does not gather or accumulate that much ice when winter comes, you have to install an effective attic ventilation system. This is an essential part of roof preparation because with it, the attic is able to effectively circulate the air under the roof. When air moves in and out of the attic, the buildup of ice and snow in the roof will be minimized or even be prevented. Likewise, attic ventilation will help the homeowner save and cut some energy bills.
The gutter system is another notable victim during the winter. It is the passageway of the rainwater and leading the same to the downspouts and down to the ground. However, the gutters are also prone to clogging because tree branches, leaves, twigs, and other debris usually thrive. Hence, part of the roof preparation is total examination, inspection, and cleanup of the gutters and it has to be done before the winter arrives. Be reminded that doing so will be beneficial not only on your roof but the entire home. When the gutters are not cleaned, they may result to clogging and eventual leaks. When leaks appear, the walls of the home will be at risk of cracking, which of course is something that you wouldn’t really want to happen.
But it’s not just about the gutters and roofs. Preparation for the winter also involves dealing with the valleys of roof lines. Keep in mind that one of the major causes of leaks is when all sorts of debris like leaves and branches lay and thrive in those valleys. The thing is you will only need a small effort and time to walk through the roof and see to it that the valleys are clean and clear of any form of debris.
Last but not the least be sure all flashing problems are addressed. For major repair or even replacement needs, you can’t do them all by yourself. This time, you have to call in your Allentown roofing contractors to do the repairs on the flashings. The flashing is the aluminum material intended to protect the roofing edges. Basically, it is the only protection the roof has against the outside elements. If it is broken, snow and ice will have an easy way damaging the roof.