We all know how winter weather can be particularly damaging to roofing systems, especially if proper precautions aren’t taken. To protect your investment from moisture damage caused by snow and ice, see to it that you give your roof the attention it deserves. DePalma Construction recommends the following steps you need to take:
1. Schedule a Roof Inspection
Before winter weather sets in, take advantage of fair weather so you can perform a visual check of your roof. Look out for things that are out of the ordinary on the roof’s surfaces such as cracks and blisters. For a more thorough inspection, get in touch with a reliable roofing contractor in your area who can examine your roof up close. They can easily determine if your roof is in good condition or not and identify areas of concern.
2. Remove Clogs from Your Gutter System
Part of maintaining your roof is paying close attention to your gutters and downspouts. Be sure to remove all the autumn leaves, dirt, twigs, and other debris. Failure to do so will not only hinder the performance of the entire gutter system but also lead to moisture damage resulting from winter storms. Consider installing a gutter protection system if you want a way to lessen the need to maintain your gutters.
3. Trim Trees Near Your Home
Trees surrounding your home can put your roof at risk of sustaining damage. Overhanging tree branches may fall onto or scrape the shingles during high winds, exposing your roof to moisture damage. Leaves collecting on your rooftop may also hold moisture, absorbing snow and ice as soon as winter storms arrive. Cut trees back at least 10 feet away from your home to keep your roof free of potential danger.
Following these preventative steps helps protect your roof from the damaging effects of winter moisture damage. For your roofing needs, turn to DePalma Construction. Give us a call at (717) 638-1131 or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate.