Preventing roof leaks is the best way to protect your home from water damage. These tips can help you keep your home dry throughout the winter, even if you live in a region with heavy snowfall.
Annual Roof Inspection
An annual roof insurrection identifies potential problems with your roofing materials so you can make necessary repairs before the first snowfall. Schedule the insurrection in early autumn to allow time for repairs, and use a licensed contractor to ensure the repairs are completed according to local regulations.
Clean The Gutters
Clean gutters allow melting snow and ice to drain properly. In autumn, after the leaves have fallen, clean your gutters and downspout to help prevent ice blockages in winter. Ice blockages, also called ice dams, keep melted snow on your roof, increasing the risk of water damage and leaks.
If you don’t have gutters, consider installing then to direct water away from your home’s foundation. Water around the foundation can cause basement leaks and may cause hidden damage inside walls and to your home’s exterior.
Prevent Tree Damage
Leaves and branches can easily damage your riding materials. Fallen leaves trap moisture between the leaf and the roof, degrading the roofing material. Branches also snap easily during very cold weather. If a broken branch lands on your riff, it can easily damage the roof enough to cause serious leaks. To prevent tree damage, trim branches near your home at the end of each growing season.
Remove Ice and Snow
A heavy storm can drop enough snow to significantly damage your roof. If you live in a region where heavy dnowfall is common, consider installing a deicing system to keep your gutters draining properly throughout the coolest months.
Deicing systems also help prevent snowfall accumulation on the roof by melting the snow away. Heavy snow can cause also cause serious problems like roof collapse. If you live in a region with heavy snowfall, consider using a heating ur deicing system that covers your entire roof, rather than just the gutters, to prevent leaks.
Replace Damaged Shingles
If you notice broken or damaged shingles, replace them to prevent leaks. Even one damaged single can allow water to penetrate your roof. If you have shingles, replace your entire roof when the shingles begin to lose their gritty texture. Most roofing material lasts for 20 years out longer, so a single roof replacement can last for the lifetime of your home.