It’s that time of year again! The leaves are changing colors, the air is getting colder, and winter is just around the corner. One of the most important things you can do to prepare for winter is make sure your roof is ready. A bad snowstorm can cause a lot of damage to your home, so it’s important to take the necessary precautions. To help you protect your home, we’ve put together a step-by-step guide on how to get your roof ready for winter.
How does snow damage roofs?
One of the main ways that snow damages roofs is by putting too much weight on the structure. When there is a lot of snow on your roof, it can cause the trusses to collapse, which can lead to serious damage or even collapse of the entire roof. Additionally, when snow melts and then refreezes, it can form ice dams, which can also damage your roof.
Additionally, a roof that has not been maintained may leak and lack insulation in the winter. This is why it’s important to remove additional snow and make sure your roof is in good condition before the extreme weather arrives!
What can you do to prevent snow damage?
Inspect Your Roof
The first step is to inspect your roof. Look for any loose shingles or tiles, and make sure there are no cracks or holes. If you find any damage, it’s important to repair it as soon as possible.
Next, you need to clear away any debris that has accumulated on your roof. This includes leaves, sticks, and branches. If you have a lot of debris, you may want to hire a professional to help you clear it away.
Clear Gutters & Downspouts
One of the most important things is to make sure that your gutters and downspouts are clear of debris. This will allow water to flow freely off of your roof, instead of building up and causing an ice dam.
Once your roof is clean and clear, it’s time to apply a coat of sealant. This will help protect your roof from the elements and prevent any further damage.
Plan for Snow Removal
Finally, make sure you have a reliable snow removal plan in place. If you live in an area that gets a lot of snow, it’s important to have a professional come and remove the snow from your roof on a regular basis to avoid the additional strain on your roof.
If you are in the Lake Tahoe area, we recommend installing a metal roof, which is much more resistant to snow damage than a traditional shingle roof.
By following these simple steps, you can rest assured knowing that your roof is ready for winter. Don’t wait until it’s too late, get your roof ready today!
If you have any questions about getting your roof ready for winter, or if you need help with repairs, our team of experts at Tahoe Brothers are here to help. We’ll be happy to answer all of your questions and help you get your roof ready for winter.