During the winter time, you want to be all cozy and warm inside your home. You don't want to be dealing with a leaky roof. It can be difficult and unsafe to work on your roof during the winter. Here are a few steps you can take before the winter to ensure your roof doesn't develop a leak, and a few steps you can take during the winter to continue to ensure that your roof stays in good shape.
Clean Your Roof
One of the best ways to keep your roof leak-free is also the easiest to implement. All you need to do is keep your roof clear of debris. In order to clean your roof, place a ladder securely next to your roof, and climb up onto your roof. Make sure that you are wearing shoes that provide you with a sturdy grip.
If there is only a little bit of debris on top of your roof, you can pick it up by hand and put it inside of a trash bag. If you have a lot of debris on top of your roof, you can also sweep it off your roof. Just make sure that you are gentle; you don't want to damage the roof tiles when you clean the debris off your roof.
Clean Your Gutters
The second best way to keep your keep your roof leak-free is by cleaning out your gutters. When your gutters are clogged, they can get clogged with ice and snow, which can lead to ice dams. Ice dams can compromise the integrity of your roof and cause leaks to develop in your attic.
To clean out your gutter, you'll want to position your ladder safely under your gutter. You'll want to attach a bucket to your ladder, and use a small hand shovel to scoop out the debris in your gutter and place it into the bucket. If you are not comfortable cleaning your own gutters, you can hire someone to clean them out for you.
Trim Back Tree Branches
Another easy way to protect your roof is actually by trimming back any tree branches that hang over your roof. Trimming back branches that hang over your roof will help prevent debris such as leaves and twigs from getting onto your roof in the first place. Additionally, in the winter, ice and snow can accumulate on top of tree branches and cause them to crack. A large tree branch falling on your roof weighed down with ice and snow could cause serious damage to your roof. This can easily be prevented, though, by just trimming back any tree branches that hang over your roof.
Increase The Insulation Your Attic
There are steps you can take inside of your house as well to keep your roof leak-free. If you don't have a lot of insulation in your attic, consider upgrading the insulation. Upgrading the insulation will prevent hot air from escaping through your roof, and will also allow the snow that accumulates on your roof to melt more evenly. When too much heat escapes through your attic, the snow melts during the day at an accelerated rate, and then freezes at night. This can cause leaks to develop as well. Click here to learn more about how to maintain residential roofing.