Preparing Your Roof for Fall and Winter

As the high heat begins to relinquish and we enter into a different rhythm of life, this is also the time to think about what changes in the weather might mean for your roof.

There are a handful of tips for winterizing your roof and late summer or early fall is the best time to implement them. Depending on the part of the country in which you live, there are different considerations.

One example of this variation is how parts of the East Coast must consider the threat of hurricanes throughout late summer and early fall, whereas residents in northern states have to prepare for the impending cold and snow.

One Practice in General

There are some basic preparations that every business or homeowner can implement to prepare for the coming winter weather. The first step is to inspect and clean your gutters.

The condition of your gutters and downspouts is a vital factor in the integrity of your roof. The collection of debris that hinders flow and clogs gutters can lead to a myriad of problems.

When rainwater and melted snow are unable to be directed away from your roof, the growth of mold, mildew, and moss tends to follow. This not only causes your roof to develop black streaks, but can lead to damage of your shingles, decking, siding, or trim.

Water that cannot be moved away from the home generally leads to water making its way into the home eventually.

Clear Your Cover

Another precaution for protecting your roof during the fall and winter is clearing any vegetation hanging over the home or business.

The accumulation of snow and ice along with strong winds during winter storms raise the threat of branches falling onto your roof. To avoid damage to your roof from falling debris, trim the trees back away from your home.

The best way to prepare your roof for the coming season is an extensive inspection from a trusted roofing professional like those at Dennis Robert Roofing. A licensed expert can examine the flashing on your roof and determine the effectiveness of your shingles.

Inspecting from inside the home in an attic or top floor is also critical to knowing the integrity of your roof. Call Dennis Robert Roofing at 586-295-1844 or get in touch online in order to schedule your consultation and ensure the health of your roof today!