Did you know there are 5 key steps you should do before every winter to winterize your roof? It is critical to perform these 5 steps before every winter, otherwise, you may fall behind and put your house at risk for roof-threatening water damage and rainwater build-up. IGN Group LLC is providing these tips so that you can see how easy it is to keep your roof protected before and during the difficult winter.
Step #1 Trim overhanging branches
Save yourself a load of trouble by trimming away any weak or low-hanging branches. Fallen branches can cause damage to your roof, and avoiding this issue during the winter is critical.
Step #2 Clear away debris
Sweep off any dead leaves and branches before the winter comes. Piles of debris can collect water and freeze, causing damage to your roof. A quick sweep is the easiest way to get rid of debris.
Step #3 Check and clean out gutters and downspouts
If your gutters are packed with sticks and leaves, they will simply not drain. Poor drainage in your gutters leads to an overflowing glacier that can damage shingles, cause mold and create leaks. It is a common practice to clean out your gutters once every fall and spring.
Step #4 A quick roof observation to check for damage
There are 3 things to check for when doing a roof inspection. 1: Check for exposed nail heads and seal them with silicone to prevent leaks. 2: Check your gutters for lost shingle granulate, if you see granulate in the gutter then your shingles are not properly fastened and will need to be fixed to prevent leakage. 3. Finally check your vents, if there are any detected dry rots, you may have an issue and need to contact a repairman asap.
Step #5 Check for pests
Finally, check your roof for pests, pests can deteriorate the wood and create small holes in your roof that will lead to water leaks.
If you are in need of a roofing contractor for you home, don’t wait! Contact the experts at IGN Group LLC and get your free estimate today!