Fall has quickly approached and is on its way out in some parts of the country which means that winter is right around the corner. Have you taken the time to inspect and prepare your roof for the upcoming winter season? If not, now is the time to do so. Don’t wait until its too late and snow is on the ground or worse, you have an issue arise in below freezing weather. Rest assured that there is still time to make sure your roof will be safe and ready to tackle the harsh conditions that winter can bring.
Commonwealth Roofing Corp. can help make your roof preparation as smooth and manageable as possible. We provide the highest quality of service and repair work to residential and commercial roofs throughout Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, and Tennessee.
5 Ways to Winterize Your Roof
1. Schedule a Roof Inspection or Consultation with a Trusted Roofing Company
An initial inspection of your roof at the start of, or even before winter hits can be crucial to ensure your roof is ready for the season, and all that it brings. Having a trusted professional contractor come out and physically see your roof will give you peace of mind and hopefully uncover any minor damages before they become a major issue later on. Most roofing contractors will come to your home or place of business and inspect your roof using a checklist to ensure all aspects are working correctly. Doing these inspections regularly will improve the overall quality of your roof and help it to last as long as possible. This type of care will also help to avoid running into unexpected issues that could cost you valuable time and money.
Signs Your Roof Needs Care:
- Widespread weather damage
- Open seams
- Deteriorated flashings
- Overall wear in the membrane
2. Assess Your Surroundings
Not only is it important to inspect your roof and building for damages and necessary repairs, but you should also check the perimeter of your roof. Obstacles such as large trees and surrounding buildings can pose hazards for your roof in the winter season. Large trees nearby, or that have low-hanging branches, have the potential to fall on the roof of your home or business or accumulate snow onto your roof which adds unnecessary weight.
3. Do a Clean Sweep
Check your roof and clear any branches, leaves, twigs, and debris. off of the surface. Starting with a fresh, clean roof will negate the potential clogging of gutters and a surplus of water due to lack of space. A common problem with clogged, sagging, or overflowing gutters calls for the need for industrial water drainage.
Start with a ground-up view of your roof and work your way to the top to inspect all angles and views. The roof edge is the roof’s number one defense against weather damage so it is essential to make sure it is ready for winter. Any improper installation can also cause challenges during inclement weather.
4. Know Your Roof’s History
“Our commitment is to provide prompt, expert, safe and efficient service and repair to your building’s roof. We photograph and document repairs and can give you access to your facility’s repair history to help with budgeting and long-term planning.”
Knowing any previous issues your roof has encountered from leaks to repairs helps a contractor determine the best options when current issues need to be resolved. Steps our expert team at Commonwealth Roofing Corp. suggests for proper roof care is to review your insurance policy on your home or building. Make sure you have a plan that covers your roof when damage from weather such as ice, snow, hail, etc. causes damages. Another tip is that if you have recently updated your roof, check to see your roof’s warranty and the extent of what it covers for damages.
5. Create a Plan-of-Action
In the case of a roofing emergency, know what steps to follow to keep your home or business safe. Do not wait until you are experiencing a problem to create a plan-of-action to fix your roof.
Steps to follow:
- Locate your Roof Warranty
- Talk to your Insurance Agent about your coverage plan
- Know who your trusted roofers are to call in the case of an emergency
- Get your roof repaired or replaced
Commonwealth Roofing can assist your home or business with any roofing needs you have to prepare for winter. Our team combines experience and the capability to bring you top quality roofing systems and products. We provide expert installation with the newest technologies for the best value-based roofing solutions. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to discuss new roof options or “winterizing” your current roof.