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How to Prep Your Roof for Winter

‘Tis the season for harsh winter weather. Before winter weather strikes, it’s essential to get a professional on your roof. To save on any costly repairs or unforseen damage, it’s important to have a contractor or inspector walk your roof to look for damage or any potential damage. Minor problems can turn into major problems if issues aren’t caught before the ice and snow fall.

Regular inspections and routine maintenance should be performed before and after winter strikes to ensure you don’t have any leaks.

Your contractor should look out for:

  • Cracked or damaged flashings
  • Punctures in roof membrane
  • Separations or gaps
  • Failed sealants
  • Cracked caulking
  • Loose roof edges

There are things you can do to prevent issues by making sure that your roof and gutters are clean and clear of debris. After the snow falls and melts, that water will need a place to go. Make sure that all of your gutters and downspouts are clear of leaves, twigs, and other debris to prevent water from backing up and sitting on your rooftop. Make sure all branches, leaves, debris and other items are free and clear.

Not only should you check your roof, but it’s important to check the immediate outside perimeter of your property. If your building is surrounded by trees and overhanging branches, accumulated snow can lead to potential problems. When extra snow is dumped on your roof, this creates additional weight, making it more susceptible to leaks if your roof is already damaged.

It’s always best to be prepared, so make sure you have a plan in place in case you notice any damage. Make sure you have your contractor’s information, insurance paperwork and a copy of your warranty in an easily accessible place.