The winter season is the time of the year when your roof undergoes the most stress. The weight of resting snow can exacerbate seemingly small problems, eventually leading to much bigger ones. The risk of water leakage is highest during the winter. So it makes sense to take time during the fall to properly assess the condition of your roof and make sure it’s prepared to survive through the winter. To help protect your home from water leakage this winter, use these 3 fall maintenance tips for your roof.
1. Inspect Your Attic
We all know how important regular roof inspections are to keeping your home protected from the elements. But have you ever thought about inspecting your attic as well? Taking a look inside your attic can provide some valuable information about the state of your roof. A rainy fall day is the best time to do this since you’ll be able to see leaky areas of your roof easily. However, if you choose to check out the attic on a dry day, look for signs of leaks, such as mold or mildew, warped wood, and stained insulation. Ensure that your attic is well-ventilated as well – this is a key component of preserving the longevity of your roof.
2. Prevent Ice Dams
Ice dams are accumulations of frozen water that form due to blockages in your water drainage system. While shingled roofs are indeed meant to be waterproof, ice dams trap water behind them which can slowly seep into the shingles and compromise their integrity, eventually leading to full-blown leaks. So how do you prevent ice dams from forming in the first place? A well-ventilated attic is one important first step, as is proper insulation between rafters. In addition, don’t neglect your gutters this fall. Clean them out thoroughly after the leaves fall from trees. Gutter guard protection is another step to help prevent the kinds of blockages associated with the formation of ice dams.
3. Limit Traffic on Your Roof
This point might seem obvious, but actually many homeowners put too much foot traffic on their roofs. The coming of the holidays mean lights and festive decoration – some homeowners will make the trek up to their roof so that they can decorate every inch of their home! Regular foot traffic, however, can be bad for your roof. Cracks and splits can occur which can lead to leaks. Limit your foot traffic on your roof as much as possible this fall so it can continue protecting your home from water damage this winter.
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