Dropping temperatures; leaves turning red, yellow, and brown; and pumpkin spiced drinks and pastries mark the arrival of autumn. Responsible for protecting your home from harsh weather conditions, the roof requires special care, and autumn is an ideal time to prepare your roof for winter.
Here are five things you can do to prepare your roof for winter.
Fall is a good time to assess any damage that may have occurred during the summer months. While it’s best to call a professional roofing contractor for an extensive inspection, missing shingles, sags in the roof ridge line, and damage from fallen tree branches are often noticeable from the ground. Excess granule loss, which can signify the need for roof replacement, can also be seen on the ground or in gutters. If there are any apparent problems, arrange repairs before snowfall.
Check Outdoor Lighting
While this tip doesn’t specifically pertain to your roof, it’s incredibly important. As the days grow shorter and the nights longer, make sure all walkways, driveways, and porches are well lit. In working condition, outdoor lighting increases your home’s safety and security, making it more welcoming. Regularly check all bulbs, replacing them as needed. Make sure to use the LED bulbs that are UL-listed for outdoor use. Installing motion-activated spotlights is another good idea.
Gutter and Downspout Cleaning
It is not uncommon for leaves and other debris to accumulate in your home’s gutters. This debris should be cleaned out to ensure water from rain or snow melt flows freely. The goal is to keep water away from your roof line and foundation. Make sure to use a sturdy ladder and enlist the help of a buddy when cleaning out the gunk from your gutters. Rinse thoroughly with a garden hose. Telescoping tools can be found online, or you can hire a professional for this job.
Ensure Proper Attic Ventilation
In Colorado, ice dams are a common sight. However, several measures exist to prevent their formation; the most important being proper attic ventilation. This system uses insulation, ridge vents, and an evenly distributed layout of intake vents. Other options including running adhesive ice-and-water barriers (this usually requires re-roofing) or installing specially designed heat cables. Check with a professional about the most effective system for your roof.
Replace an Aging or Damaged Roof
If your roof is nearing the end of its useful life – asphalt shingles last about 20 years, whereas, metal and tile tend to have a longer lifespan – it’s a good idea to start considering your next roof. Some problems like curling or missing shingles, broken or damaged flashing, and noticeable light coming through the roof boards can also point to the need for roof replacement. Always consult with a professional roofing company as to whether roof repair or replacement is in your best interest.
With more than sixteen years of experience, Jenesis Roofing, Inc., is the company to call for all your roofing needs. We specialize exclusively in residential roof maintenance, repair, and replacement. We also install gutters and pavers. Contact us at (303) 789-1505 today for a free estimate.