The leaves are changing colors, the weather is getting more relaxed, and pumpkin spice everything is in full swing. But before you go into full-on fall mode, one more task to take care of: prepping your roof for the winter.
We’ll discuss how to prepare your roof for the colder months ahead. We’ll cover topics such as cleaning your roof, checking for damage, and installing a roof coating.
Clean your roof
The first step is to give your roof a good cleaning. You can do this yourself or hire a professional. You can read our tips if you are unsure when to hire a professional.
If you decide to do it yourself, use the proper safety equipment. According to Family Handyman, you will need a harness that covers your entire body, a garden sprayer, a hose, and a cleaning chemical that won’t harm people or surfaces.
Next, clear any debris off of your roof. This includes leaves, branches, and anything else that may have accumulated over the summer. Once the area is clear, you can start spraying down your roof with the cleaning solution. Be sure to cover the entire surface evenly.
After you’ve sprayed down the roof, let the solution sit for a few minutes before rinsing it off with a hose. You may need to repeat this process a few times to eliminate all the dirt and grime.
Repair any damage that may have occurred
Once your roof is clean, it’s time to check for any damage that may have occurred over the year. If you find any damaged shingles, replace them as soon as possible.
Roof damage is seen in a variety of ways:
- Missing or damaged shingles
- Gaps or cracks in the flashing
- Leaks in the roof
Roofers Guild notes that the state of Texas experiences the most hailstorms out of any other US state, with an annual average of 507 events. If your roof has been damaged by hail, you should have it repaired as soon as possible. If left unattended, hail damage can cause leaks and other more serious issues.
Inspect your gutters and downspouts and install gutter guards
Be sure to inspect your gutters and downspouts before the winter weather hits. Clogged drains can cause water to back up and freeze, which can lead to damage to your roof.
Installing gutter guards is a simple process that anyone can do. Here are a few tips to get you started:
- Measure the length of your gutters and cut the guards to size.
- Install the guards using screws or hangers. Be sure to use rust-resistant hardware.
- Place the guards, so they overlap by about an inch. This will help ensure that leaves and debris don’t slip through the cracks.
Seal any cracks or gaps around windows and doors
One of the most common ways heat escapes your home is through cracks and gaps around windows and doors. To help prevent this, seal any cracks or holes with caulk or weatherstripping.
Once you’ve completed the previous steps, it’s time to protect your roof with a coating. This will provide an extra layer of protection from the elements and help extend the life of your roof.
By following these tips, you can rest assured knowing that your roof is ready for whatever winter throws its way.