The last thing you need is to experience a roof leak in the middle of winter. When the cold Oklahoma City wind is keeping temperatures low, making the necessary repairs to your roof can be tricky. Avoiding leaks in the cold winter months is easier when you know how to prepare your roof for the coming season.
Clear the Leaves. Removing leaves from the gutters is one of the most important things you can do. Clean gutters are less likely to allow water to back up under the shingles. In addition to visually inspecting the gutters, you should also check all downspouts to be sure the water is able to move freely. Gutters should also be fastened securely against the house for safety and to effectively divert water away from the foundation.
Check Air Circulation. The air has to move in your attic to prevent ice dams and problems with mold. Insulation in the ceiling rafters will prevent heat loss from your home and you want the bottom of the roof deck to stay cool. If your house is difficult to cool in the summer, you may have attic ventilation problems. If the snow on the peak of your roof melts quickly in the winter, that’s another clue that your ventilation may need some work.
Tree Trimming. Trees that brush against the roof will rub off the protective granules of your shingles, damaging them. Tree branches should never be allowed to rub against the roof of your home; they should be trimmed back every year, protecting your home and your roof.
Roof Inspection. The best treatment for your roof is to have an inspection done in the fall. This is the perfect time to find and repair small problems before they become water stains on your ceiling. The most likely place for leaks to occur is in the flashing and valleys. Over time, flashing can tear loose as a result of high winds and severe storms. It’s important to inspect flashing before winter to ensure that it’s still in good condition and properly attached to the home.
Robbins Roofing, Inc., is a professional roofing company in Oklahoma City. We will safely inspect your roof and help you prepare it for winter. We will make recommendations regarding the attic ventilation and thoroughly inspect the shingles on your roof to find any that are missing or damaged. We will also examine the flashing to ensure that it’s still properly installed and in good condition. To learn more about how we can help you prepare for the coming weather, visit us on Facebook.