Preparing for winter is always a hassle, especially when it comes to your home. When winterizing your home, you should pay special attention to the roof because it is the part that protects you from the forces of nature – sun, rain, wind, and of course the snow.
It has been snowing for a few weeks here and I have noticed all of the snow on top of all the houses. The accumulation and melting of snow can cause serious damage to your roof and cost you money in the long run if any damages occur.
Here are five roof winterization tips that you can use to avoid damaging your roof:
1. Clean the roof Most people do not care to clean their roof because what they can’t see doesn’t bother them. But at any time of the year, your roof may be covered with moss, leaves, twigs, pollen, seedlings, dead insects and even dead animals. While these foreign objects are not of much concern in the dry seasons, they can wreak havoc during the snowy season. They prevent the natural downward movement of snow and cause it to accumulate unevenly. When the snow melts, these objects impede the intended flow of water forcing it to fall in undesirable places. They also retain water and moisture leading to buildup of ice. Cleaning the roof is not as labor-intensive as you might think. You can climb up to the top with a hose and spray water in a downward angle. Use a broom or mop with an extended holder to remove objects.
2. Check and repair the gutters The gutters on your roof are often clogged with leaves, twigs and an assortment objects. A clogged gutter is undesirable at any time of the year because it prevents the flow of water which can cause cracks and leaks. In the winter, the buildup of ice can make the problem worst. So make sure you clean those gutters.
3. Check and repair/replace the flashings Roof flashings are the thin aluminum strips attached along the edges of the roof. They prevent water and ice from getting into the interior of the roof. If you find any bent, warped, or damaged flashings, you should either repair or replace them immediately.
4. Trim the branches of trees If you have trees with their branches hanging over or near your home, they should be trimmed. If they are not trimmed and it snows, the snow can cause the branch to break, which can cause damage to your roof.
5. Remove algae and moss Presence of thick patches of algae and moss is an indication that the affected part is moist and damp. If left unattended, the moisture buildup can damage the shingles and even cause structural wear. So look for algae and moss on the roof and remove them. Find the source of moisture and have it fixed immediately.
Doing these things should save you money in the long run for roof repairs.
Do you clean your roof?