A lot of people don’t really understand what it takes to prepare a roof for winter. While some may have the know-how of preparing a roof for hurricanes or heavy rains, it’s not the same for cold weather. Most people think their roof will be just fine during the winter. However, there’s a lot that happens to the roof when the cold weather rolls in. On the other hand, with preparations such as a roof inspection, you can prevent roof damage due to the cold weather.
Here’s what you can do to prepare your roof for winter:
Clean the gutters
The very first thing that you should do is to clean your gutters. While it may not be the most exciting thing to do on a weekend, it is something that must be done. If you’ve already accomplished this task during the fall, you’ve already done well. However, if you haven’t yet, be sure that you clear your gutters before winter comes in full blast. Any clogs in your downspouts can mean trouble. When any remaining water in the gutters and downspouts freeze over, they expand and the sheer weight of could lead to some nasty problems later on.
Check for any damage
From a distance, your roof might seem just fine. However, a close-up inspection might yield different results. It is recommended to hire a roofer for a thorough South Myrtle Beach roof inspection especially before winter. Any damages, whether big or small, should be found and repaired as soon as possible. Any undetected roof leaks could worsen over time. Again, once water freezes, the pressure could enlarge the tiny holes on your roof. It is best to pull all the stops before winter comes. It is much harder to make repairs when it’s already cold outside and the snow starts falling.
Prepare your attic
It is not just the outside of your roof that needs preparation. The inside portion of your roof needs all the preparation it can get. If you live in an area with heavy snowfall, be sure that your attic is reinforced properly. It may look all white and fluffy but snow can be heavy and it can put a lot of strain on your roof. It’s also a good idea to check the ventilation in your attic. Any roofing contractor can tell you that proper ventilation can help prevent humidity from ruining your roof from the inside out. Also, be sure that your roof is properly insulated to prevent the cold from putting a strain on your HVAC system.
Hire a roofer
If you are drawing a blank when it comes to roof maintenance, be sure to hire a roofer like South Myrtle Beach Roofing. More often than not, a professional roofer can detect issues that the average homeowner won’t. Winter can bring about a number of roofing issues but adequate preparations and help from a roofer can keep problems at bay.
Be sure that your roof is winter-ready! Call South Myrtle Beach Roofing today! You may reach us at (843) 241-9649.
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