While Charleston winters are usually pretty mild, there’s always a chance that a freeze could roll through. Homeowners need to be prepared for this type of extreme weather, which includes making sure that your roof can handle the occasional snow, wind, and low temperatures. Here’s how to prepare your roof for the winter.
Focus On The Framework
The first step in winterizing your roof is to check the framework. Since this requires careful examination of the roof from all points, this part of the process should be left to the professionals. Your roofing contractor will not only look for areas of the roof that are sagging, but they’ll check roof lines to ensure that the rafters are in place.
A heavy snow can put extra weight on the rafters, which pushes them outwards. In turn, this pushes on the exterior of the walls, which can lead to a sagging roof. All of this can be avoided if you double-check the roof’s framework beforehand and make sure it can handle any unexpected weight.
Declutter The Gutters
Whether you’re doing some spring cleaning, preparing for a storm, or getting your roof ready for winter, there is always one task that is crucial in regular roof maintenance: cleaning out the gutters. From the ground, you can clearly see if sections of your gutters are falling off, bent, or shaped in a way that prevents water from running off of your roof. Debris in your gutters can also cause water to collect in a specific spot on your roof and damage your siding. If temperatures drop below freezing, water that is pooled in your gutters can freeze and expand, which will add extra weight to the siding materials of your roof. This extra weight can cause the anchors that hold the gutters to the side of the roof to be pulled away from the roof.
Clean The Roof
Part of your winter roof maintenance routine should include a thorough cleaning of your roof. However, pressure washing your roof could blow away the granules from your shingles, which reduces the way the shingles protect your roof from the elements. Plus, pressure washing could even blow weak shingles right off of the roof. Roof cleaning should be left to the professionals. It is safer, more effective, and will leave your roof looking great as we roll into the New Year.
Inspect The Ventilation and Insulation
You’re probably going to be in the attic during the winter season to bring down your boxes of holiday decorations. So, while you’re up there, do a little winter roof preparation! When you’re in your attic, check your rafters and ceiling joists. If they are damp or blackened with mold, or if you notice matted insulation and rusty metal fasteners, it may be a sign of improper ventilation. Check to see if vents are blocked by dirt, leaves, twigs, or bits of insulation.
Insulation is another important aspect of winterizing your roof. Not only will a well-insulated attic help keep your house warm and your energy bills low, but it can also prevent pollutants like dust, dirt, mold, and mildew from spreading throughout your home. This may help reduce how often your family is sick during the holiday season!
Homewerx Can Help Winterize Your Roof Today!
While the chances of Charleston residents experiencing a blizzard are pretty low, you should still know how to prepare your roof for winter in case of these extreme weather conditions. If you want to make sure your roof is truly winter-ready, contact Homewerx today. We’re happy to have an experienced roofing expert check the condition of your roof and help create a plan to make sure your roof is ready for whatever the season brings.