“Winterizing” is what many experts refer to as preparing a roof for the harsh winter season. Before winter weather sets in, it’s important to pay special attention to the care and maintenance of your roof to prevent more serious issues that could be caused by snow, sleet, and ice accumulation.
5 Steps to Protect Your Roof This Winter
Consider these 5 easy steps to winterize your roof inside and out this season:
1. Remove hanging tree limbs.
If you notice several tree branches hanging over your roof on your property, it may be time to hire a professional tree trimming company for removal. While you can trim tree limbs yourself, this again poses the issue of safety.
Hiring a professional to clear unwanted branches before snowfall will protect your roof structure from broken limbs that could damage or penetrate a roof.
2. Secure shingles and flashing.
You can use the guidelines for shingle repair in this chapter to replace and secure any shingles that are loose or missing.
Damaged or missing flashing should also be replaced to protect against potential leaks caused by melting ice and snow.
3. Touch up caulking.
If caulking is dry or crinkled, it should be replaced throughout a roof structure. Many roofers recommend re-caulking flashing at a minimum of every five years for advanced leak protection.
For small surface issues, caulk singles can be used for immediate touchups on a roof structure; a caulk finishing tool can be used for the most even application.
4. Evaluate and clean your chimney.
Having a well-functioning, clean chimney will greatly reduce the risk of a fire that could easily spread to your roof.
Experts recommend evaluating and cleaning a chimney on a yearly basis both inside and out before lighting the first indoor fire of the season.
5. Examine your ceilings.
The last step in the process of winterizing a roof is to thoroughly assess all indoor ceilings on your property. Check for leakage and visible stains that may indicate an existing roof problem.
Don’t forget to go the extra mile and crawl into the attic and other crawl spaces. Check for warped wood, mold, and rotting that could indicate a roof leak. You can use the guidelines in this chapter to fix the issue yourself or hire a professional to do the job for you.
With the basics of roof care and repair in your arsenal, it’s time to move on to another important roofing issue that you don’t want to start a project without. We’re going to discuss on-the-job roof construction safety to prevent the possibility of minor or severe injury as you tackle your first DIY roof job.