The roof is important in keeping your home warm during winter. Again, by getting the roof ready for winter, you avoid leaks and ice dams that can lead to costly damages and repairs during and after the winter season. Part of getting the roof ready for winter involves trimming the trees near your home. You also need to ensure that all components of the roof, including gutters and downspouts are in good working condition. Professionals can help you keep the roof good through:
Repairing Damaged Shingles and Flashing
A damaged or missing shingle exposes your home to leaks, which can consequently cause water damage. When a shingle breaks, water seeps through and can flow into your home. Like the shingles, the roof flashing protects the home from water damage. It diverts all water away from the roof. Check the area around the chimney, the overhangs, and roof valley. If these areas have damages, they create a space for ice dams to form.
Enhance Roof Ventilation and Insulation
Proper attic ventilation prevents formation of ice dams. If there is no air coming from the vents, then the attic is not well ventilated. A professional can help you reduce any debris that is blocking the vents or install more vents.
Besides ventilation, ensure the attic has proper insulation. Missing or damaged insulation can also cause formation of ice dams on your roof. Insulation upgrades are not a DIY project, so allow a professional to help you.
Check the Gutters and Downspouts
Clogged gutters can lead to formation of ice dams. Your gutters need to be clear to allow the ice that melts to flow away from the roof. If the downspout blocks and the gutters are full, ice will accumulate around the eaves and gutters, leading to ice dam formation. You can clean your gutters and downspouts without involving a professional. However, if you always contract a professional to ready your roof for winter, they will do the cleaning as part of their maintenance routine.
Other tasks you need to carry out include adding a heat cable in your gutters and downspouts and ensuring your roof is easy to rake. A professional can help you assess the readiness of your roof for winter and do the necessary repairs.