The time for preventative roof maintenance is now, before the dark days of winter truly set in. While a great roofing company can take care of your roofing needs all year long, it’s always easier to prevent problems before snow and ice become a part of everyday life. Here’s what you can do to get your home and roof winter-ready, and prevent problems before they start.
The first step to roof maintenance: preventative care
Before the snow starts to fall consistently, have your roof professionally inspected. If there is any damage that requires repairs, now is the time to identify it and get it taken care of. Your roof deserves an expert eye, and Cenvar Roofing (formerly Lynchburg Roofing) is here to offer that to you and help you get ahead of any problems that may be developing.
Clear your roof and gutters of debris
Before the mercury dips below freezing, clean your roof of any plant debris. Leaves and branches left of your roof can lead to leaks and ice dams throughout the winter. It’s also time to give your gutters a thorough clean-up. Clogged gutters and downspouts can lead to problems, especially when icy precipitation starts to fall. Ideally, you should have your gutters thoroughly cleaned twice a year.
Have gutter guards installed
Gutter guards are a great way to keep your gutters and downspouts clean and clear all year round. While they can be a bit more expensive at the outset, they can protect the life of your gutters and save you significant time in the long run.
Consider having your trees trimmed
If your home has a lot of overhanging trees, consider having them professionally trimmed in preparation for the winter months. Though wide, leafy boughs are a shady asset during the summer months, heavy, snow-laden branches can become a liability in the winter. Regular trimming is healthy for your trees, and protects the investment of your roof as well.
Have your insulation inspected
Wet or damaged insulation in your attic can lead to mold growth, a chilly, drafty home, and higher energy costs during cold weather. Make sure your insulation is in tip-top condition before the temp really starts to drop.