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How To Prepare Your Roof For Winter

How To Prepare Your Roof For Winter

With cold months directly ahead of us, it’s time to prepare your roof for winter, especially if you’re a Utah resident.

Your roof is the only connection between the inside of your home and the outside world. If your roof is in proper working condition, it will protect you and your loved ones from snow, rain, sleet, ice, wind, sun, branches, and other debris. The intense elements that come with the winter season require your roof to be in perfect condition. As a homeowner, there’s a lot you can do to maintain your roof and to make sure it’s ready for winter.

Continue scrolling to learn how to prepare your roof for the upcoming winter months.

Inspect Your Attic

Before you check out the exterior of your roof, take a moment to inspect the underside of your roof inside your attic. When you’re up there, make sure to keep your eyes out for the following red flags:

  • Leaks — A leaky roof can lead to serious problems, like water damage and mold. So, catching it before it becomes a more significant issue is essential. Look for dripping water, signs of condensation, water stains on the ceiling, walls, or floor, and wet (or previously wet) insulation. If you see any of these problems, you’ll need to call in a professional roofing contractor.
  • Signs of Animals — Small animals and critters such as birds, insects, bats, raccoons, or squirrels can make their way inside your attic and cause damage to your roof. Inspect your attic and roof for signs of these pesky animals like nests, droppings, destroyed, or gnawed on wood and wires. If you find any of these issues, you must figure out how animals are getting inside your home, like a hole in your roof, and remediate any issues.
  • Roof Venting — Issues with your roof can occur when your roof venting fails. Before winter comes, make sure to inspect your vents and soffit vents in your attic to make sure they are debris-free.
  • Structural Damage — During your attic inspection, if you notice any structural damage, such as sagging, contact an experienced roofing contractor immediately. If your roof is dipping, it may not be able to support a snowy roof properly.

Exterior Roof Inspection

Now that the underside of your roof has thoroughly been inspected, make sure to take time to check out the exterior of your roof. You’ll want to look for damaged shingles and flashing. Hire a professional to inspect your roof as part of your yearly maintenance thoroughly. Knowledgeable and experienced roofing professionals will be able to do the following:

  • Repair shingles
  • Inspect flashing
  • Examine gutters and downspouts

Outdoor Prep

Lastly, you’ll want to make sure your yard and surrounding trees are ready for winter, as snow-laden trees and branches can break and cause damage to your roof and home. Make sure to trim trees and clear snow as often as necessary.

Contact We Do Roofing Salt Lake City

Prepare your roof for winter by calling the respected roofing company, We Do Roofing SLC. With more than 20 years of experience, We’re a licensed and fully insured roofing contractor that provides quality roof repairs, re-roofing, and new construction roofs for residential and commercial customers. Contact us for a quick quote today. We proudly serve Salt Lake City, West Valley City, West Jordan, Murray, Taylorsville, and everywhere in between in Utah!