Prepare Your Roofing For Winter
Winter is quickly approaching, and it's time to get those last-minute tasks done to be sure that the house will be able to withstand all of the abuse it's about to be put through. One area that many people neglect to prepare for winter is the roof. The roof of your home will need to support the weight of all of the snow that falls this year, and if you don't take the time to inspect and prepare the roof for winter, you could find yourself facing even more difficult problems. Here, you'll find a few tips that will help you prepare the roof for winter.
Clear the Debris
Loose debris should never be allowed to remain on the roof. All of those twigs, dirt, leaves and other debris will do one of two things – it will wash down into the gutter system and clog up the drains, or it will continue to sit on the roof and decay which will cause the roofing materials to decay. You can clean the roofing off with nothing more than a push broom. Just be sure to keep your strokes downwards with the shingles so that you don't tear them off as you clean away the debris.
If there is moss growing on the shingles, you'll have some extra work to do. Get a hand-pump sprayer and fill it with a 50:50 water and bleach mixture. Spray the moss with the mixture and let it sit for a few hours. Return to reapply it once more. After it sits for another hour or so, return to begin peeling the moss off of the shingles. You can do this with a plastic putty knife, but again, be sure to use movements only with the shingles – don't push upwards. Once you've removed the moss, coat the area with the bleach mixture once more to kill any spores that remain.
Clean the Gutters
The gutters can actually cause quite a bit of damage to your roof if you don't have them cleaned out before winter hits. All of that debris in the gutter system will freeze, the fresh water will flow over the sides, and when the temperatures dip below freezing, the water that overflows will begin to form ice dams – those ice dams will back up under the shingles and begin lifting the shingles and rotting the sub-roofing.
Don't skip this important step in winter home preparation. If you take care of your roof, it will last many years before you need to think about replacing it. If you don't feel comfortable preparing your roof for the winter, contact your local roofing contractor for assistance. For more information, contact a company like Ray's Harford Home Improvement Contractors Inc.