Inspecting the Shingles
Inspecting for loose and missing shingles is one of the most important things you can do to prepare your roof for winter weather. Shingles undergo wear and tear. Knowing this, you should prioritize examining your property’s shingles.
Failing to replace worn-out shingles might lead to leakages, which may, in turn, result in additional roof problems that are expensive to fix in winter weather. Shingles with debris lodged underneath should be replaced even if the shingles appear to be in excellent shape. When the debris decays underneath a shingle, snow or ice might creep in, and the resulting damage might call for a full roof replacement.
Trimming or Cutting Down Trees That Are Around Your Living Space
Having trees around your house is recommended because trees help reduce the heat that enters your home. However, during winter, you should consider cutting down tall trees that have branches hanging over your house. Leaves fall from these branches onto the roof?—?something that might result in the accumulation of debris on your roof, gutters, and under the shingles, thereby causing severe damage to your roof during winter.
Tall and dead trees might pose a significant threat to your house in the event of a storm or rain. These trees might lean on your house, and in a worst-case scenario, they can even fall on the roof, and this might severely damage some sections of your house.
Cleaning the Gutters
Ensure that your gutters are clean before winter. The gutters are needed for a healthy roofing system since they facilitate the redirection of precipitation from the roof to the ground. Clogged roofs might result in the back up of water, snow, or ice on the roof. You should thoroughly clean your gutters because the backing up of precipitation on the roof can create the opportunity for various damages resulting from leaks.
Strong winds and storms might result in various debris landing in your gutter. It would help if you cleared the debris from your gutter so that it can handle the redirection of increased rainfall and snow.