Contractor tips for winterizing your roof

Obviously, different seasons have different impacts on environments and the inhabitants living within them. That’s why we wear shorter clothes in the spring and summer, why we find ourselves raking and shoveling the ground during fall and winter, and so on.

When it comes to enduring the effects of the harsher seasons, little gets hit harder than a home’s roof. Being exposed to the elements 24/7, roofs receive the brunt of whatever nature has to throw at them. And when temperatures get to be extreme, as they often do, any fully exposed surface will grow weary pretty quickly.

From experience, we should all be familiar with the distinct impacts of warm seasons versus their colder counterparts; you’d be pretty miserable going out in a blizzard wearing just a T-shirt and shorts…unless, of course, you were John Cena. We need to consider the conditions when we plan, because when the weather changes, so do the hazards.

To make sure your roof can take what winter brings, here are a few quick tips:

  • Check the piping for any debris; clumps of leaves and other matter could clog up the pipes and lead to dangerous water build-up and bursting.
  • Get rid of any branches hanging over the roof; if they fall down while there’s a heavy pile of snow up top, your roof could collapse.
  • Prepare the best insulation so you can be comfortable inside and slow down freezing on the roof. A roofing contractor can help you figure out how to best insulate your home.
  • See if any shingles are damaged or missing. Trying to fix that on your own means danger, as well as goose-chasing for just the right supplies.