Whether you own a home or a business, it is important to make sure that your roof is ready for winter before it even comes. Planning ahead can prevent you from getting caught unaware, you get to save time, and save precious dollars, that can really pile up, if your roof gets damaged due to lack of preparation or, in this case, winterization.
Depending on your location, winter may either be a time of significant rainfall or the time of year when your roof will be exposed to snow, ice, and extremely cold temperatures. This can really take a toll on your roof which is left unprotected, and the price of that toll can add up quickly.
How To Winterize Your Roof
Some things you can do to help winterize your roof include keeping the gutters cleaned out and in good condition. Clogged gutters, when filled with leaves and debris, combined with rain that becomes ice, can cause a great deal of damage to your roof or be ripped off the roof altogether.
Seal leaks immediately
If there are any leaks on your roof, you want to make sure that they are sealed well before the rainy winter season arrives. This is because you may not have any good opportunities to do that for quite a while. More importantly though, because it can prevent further roof damage from occurring. When left alone, small leaks can become a huge problem not only the roofing structure but also the home below that the roof which it protects. Some of the damage that it can do is water damage, but that is honestly the least of your worries. Mold, bacteria, and mildew can build up in the unseen areas where water is collecting. This can be inside your walls or in the ceiling of your home. Eventually, when left unattended can lead to all kinds of health problems for your family or staff.
Waterproofing your roof
Also consider waterproofing your roof to prepare for the season when you will experience a great deal or rain, ice, and snow. Waterproofing does more than help protects your roof from water but it is an excellent start when preparing your roof for winter. Waterproofing should be handled by roofing professionals and may cost you a little extra dollars. However, you end up having less expensive utility bills during the winter and summers to follow. Stagnant water, melting ice and snow, and constant exposure to cold can lead to a wide range of problems for your roof. Waterproofing is your first line of defense against many of those problems.
The time to ask if your roof is ready for winter is long before winter hits. Take the time today to see what can be done to give your roof an edge over Old Man Winter this year.