5 Ways to Prepare Your Roof for Winter

Just like you prepare your vehicle for the snow, you should also pay attention to your roof when winter is on the way. Proper roof maintenance and preparation can extend the longevity of your roof and protect it from serious harm.

Here are a few ways that you can protect your roof and prepare it for the winter season.

Check Leaks, Flashing, and Vents

The area along the flashing is one of the most common spots for leaks to occur. You should check your flashing at least once a year to ensure that it is still in shape. Leaks may start off small but can eventually lead to big problems. Our suggestions:

  • To prevent mold and mildew from entering your home, consider shingle and flashing replacements.
  • Signs of missing shingles, poorly sealed flashing, and loose vents can all signal potential problems. Pay special attention to these areas.
  • The roof edge is the first line of defense against severe weather. Over time, damage to the edge makes it more vulnerable. Inspect this regularly to spot potential problems before they can occur.

Check Your Attic

When performing a roof examination, homeowners tend to fail to check the attic for problems. This can be an expensive oversight since heat can escape from your home if not properly insulated.

Be sure to check that your attic has evenly distributed insulation to keep the heat in and the cold out. Not only will this keep your energy bills lower, it will also prevent your home’s air from drifting under your shingles and causing ice dams.

Clear Debris 

You should clean your gutters of debris at least once or twice a year. Clear your gutters of leaves, branches, and dirt before the heavy rain and snow storms hit your home.

Clogged gutters can prevent rain and melted snow water from draining quickly and easily from your roof. Here is how you can clear your gutter of debris:

  1. Have a sturdy, extendable ladder.
  2. Scoop the debris from your gutter.
  3. Dump the debris onto a plastic tarp to keep your lawn clear.
  4. Flush the gutters with a hose after clearing the debris. 

Examine Roof Shingles

Ensure that your roof shingles are not cracked or missing granules. While shingles today are produced for durability, there are many factors that can accelerate the appearance of aging of your roof, including:

  • Curled shingle edges
  • Cupped shingle tabs
  • Roofing that looks old and worn out
  • Dark streaks

Schedule a Winter Roof Inspection

While making preparations for the changing seasons, make sure you take time out to examine your roof. There is so much preventative care that you can do on your own. If a problem arises that you cannot fix on your own, however, be sure to schedule an inspection with a licensed professional.

For more information on how to prepare your roof for winter, contact JBS Construction today for a free estimate for all of your roofing needs. We have locations throughout Milwaukee and the surrounding areas.