How to Prepare Your Roof for the Winter

You need a roof that can protect you from the worst the winter season can bring. This is why roofing experts like us at Empire Contractors LLC always recommend preparing your roof early for the winter. Here are some tips to get you started.

How to Prepare Your Roof for the Winter

TIP: Conduct a Visual Inspection

The first thing you should do is assess the current condition of your roof. Performing your own visual inspection won’t cost you anything, won’t require special equipment, and is perfectly safe. The only equipment you need is a good pair of binoculars, and a notebook or your phone for documentation.

On a clear day, stand in your yard and inspect the roof using your binoculars. Pay attention to signs of damage (cracked, loose or missing shingles) and aging (curling, cupping and buckled shingles). Check the flashings on areas such as the roof’s edge, valleys and parts where the roof meets walls and dormers. Conduct an inspection of your attic next. Take note of water stains, shafts of light coming in through the roof, and clumping insulation – a sign of water intrusion. A properly ventilated and insulated attic, as well as clean gutters, can help minimize the chances of ice dam formation. It’s important that you call Empire Contractors LLC if you want a more thorough inspection. Don’t attempt to climb the roof yourself.

TIP: Schedule Repairs Before Winter

Once you have identified issues your roof may have, schedule roof repairs and try to get the earliest slot as possible. Waiting until leaks and other problems form can be difficult in the winter, when the weather is unpredictable. Roof repairs and installations also need to be installed within a certain temperature range for best results. Parts like the roof edge have adhesives that won’t cure if the outdoor temperature is freezing. Call Empire Contractors LLC and we can check your roof for whatever it needs.

TIP: Clean Your Gutters

Whether you prefer to clean the gutters yourself or hire professionals to do it, make sure you start the winter season with clean gutters. Frozen leaves and other debris in the gutters hold unwanted moisture that will freeze and add unnecessary strain to the gutters. Debris can impede the flow of water when your roof begins to thaw. Make sure your gutters are in good condition; have them repaired as needed. Also, consider investing in gutter protection systems like Leaf Relief and Gutter Topper. These solutions keep your gutters clear, reducing their maintenance requirements.

To learn more about our roofing, gutter, and siding services, call Empire Contractors LLC today at (513) 409-0880. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule a free, no-obligation quote. We serve Cincinnati, OH, and surrounding areas.


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