3 Roof Maintenance Steps for Winter
With the first snow of the season come and gone, it’s important to make sure your roof is prepared for a potentially long and snowy winter. Massachusetts weather is unpredictable, and snow can hit at any moment. Prevent problems from forming in your roof by following these tips.
Clean Out Your Gutters
As leaves fall and winds increase, debris may begin to accumulate in your gutters. Your gutters and drainpipes are critical to proper water flow from your roof to the ground, preventing leaks and other issues from arising. If debris builds up in your gutters and it rains, any organic matter may congeal and clog up the pipes, preventing the water from flowing properly. This can cause the water to freeze and weigh down the gutters, leading to the unit to collapse and damage your roof. Clean out your gutters periodically to make prevent freezing and keep water flowing properly away from the roof and home.
Schedule an Inspection
You should be having your roof inspected by a professional at least twice per year, before and after the snowy season. This will allow you to make repairs before major issues occur, requiring emergency repairs or replacement. If your roof is not structurally sound, you will be able to tell visually in and out of your home. Water stains may be visible in your attic and on your ceiling, and sagging will be present throughout. An inspection will be able to tell how much more life your roof has in it, as well as how much repair is needed to keep it sound.
Remove Snow Quickly
Snow is heavier than it seems at first, and the extra pressure can have dire consequences on your roof. Make sure snow is removed quickly and frequently to avoid problems such as your roof caving in under excess weight. This can be done with a specialized roof rake, which will remove snow without damaging your shingles or flashing.
Roofing Inspections in Worcester, MA
If you need a roof inspection or repairs, contact Nor’Easter Roofing by calling 508-667-3278 or by filling out our online contact form.