Summer is past and if you never remembered that your house was leaking during the previous winter, you must read this now. Most people will opt to remain indoors for the better part of the day, yes, it’s winter season. This is a season that presents severe weather conditions as we experience snow, ice, and low temperatures. Easy-to-do roof repair and maintenance tips for winter are now given for one to deal with the winter conditions.
Roof Maintenance Tips for Winter
1. Clean the gutters
You may hire a professional gutter cleaner, or you can do it yourself. With properly cleaned and clear gutters, the melted snow and ice will shed down into the downpipes without causing harm. When water collects in blocked gutters and downpipes and overflow, they can cause leakages in buildings and consequently damage the drainage system. It is easy to remove any debris that might have collected over time.
2. Carry out visual inspection
This can be done from the ground level or using a ladder. The inspector checks the shingles, structural soundness and other parts of the ceiling for any signs of damage. The structural integrity preserved can withstand relatively major snowfalls. It is easy to note an unstable roof, by checking if there are middle roof sags or water damages in ceilings. Small cracks can result in major damages when snow and ice work their way into them.
3. Remove Debris
Debris can include garbage, branches or leaves and you should strive to eliminate them. Debris can result in clogging up of drains and cause some leakages. Apply this easy-to-do roof maintenance step and avoid the need of drip buckets to curb leakages.
4. Inspect, take care and insulate the attic
After inspecting the external part of the ceiling, it’s important to inspect your attic in preparation for winter. Inspecting it during winter, make it easy to see leaky areas. A winter ventilation inspection on the attic prevents leakages, and it is an important part of winter roof maintenance. During the inspection, you check and remove mold around the joints, the warped wood, and the stained insulation.
5. Trim the trees and their branches
Tree branches hang over the ceiling can snap when subjected to the weight of snow and ice and might result in damages. Trim the trees that are located next to the house despite the aesthetical appeal they deliver. Trimming will also help in reducing debris and will reduce the risk of having to fix it.
6. Limit roof traffic
When winter season approaches, you may climb on or around the ceiling to clean or trim trees. Regular foot traffic can cause leakages, due to the splitting of shingles and crack of flashing under pressure. It is important to carry out inspection and avoid stepping on roof tiles or weak shingles.
7. Do pressure washing
Use of high-pressure water pumps to ensure blast the roof as this breaks through any moss, lichen or dirt that has collected over time. Blasting allows roof coating to provide the best possible application quality when doing roof repairs. And what’s more? Blasting extend the life of the ceiling!
8. Removal of accumulated ice and snow
Aside from any crisis circumstances that should be managed, there isn't much to accomplish for repairs and basic reviews, yet the snow and ice should be watched out. Check the collection of snow and ice frequently, particularly after a substantial snowfall, and shovel it out or procure an expert to carry out the work. Check whether there are any lumps of debris that have been blown after high wind snow fall. Consider introducing ice liquefy socks in your canals or append warm tapes and belts to help with dissolving snow and ice if you have an issue with ice developing on your rooftop in the winter.
Roof Repair Tips for Winter
Re-bedding entails application of cement under the ridge capping, to replace the damaged seal. It involves adding flexible materials over current ridge surfaces to make a stronger base.
2. Seal cracks and joint/vents leaking water
Immediate repairs can save you from leakage and cold conditions!
3. Structural repairs
Any part of the ceiling that is damaged or sagged poses the danger of structural failure due to the weight of accumulated ice and snow. It is important that you carry out inexpensive repairs by replacing the damaged parts. This may call for a professional, but repair is less costly compared to having to inherit the damage caused by the falling snow.