Seasonal Roofing Maintenance: Preparing Your Roof for Winter

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While Texas doesn’t often have what others might consider “harsh” winters, you never know when the weather here will necessitate repairs (remember Winter Storm Uri in February 2021?). Preparing your roof for winter is essential to ensure it can withstand the potential of any wintry weather conditions, whether ice, wind, or snow. Here are some tips to help you get your roof winter ready.

  • Inspect your roof:
    • Start by visually inspecting your roof for any damaged or missing shingles. Replace any that are cracked, curled, or missing.
    • Clear leaves, debris, and other blockages from valleys to ensure proper drainage.
    • Check for signs of leaks or water damage in your attic and ceilings.
  • Clean gutters and downspouts:
    • Clear leaves, debris, and other blockages from gutters and downspouts to ensure proper drainage. This helps prevent ice dams and water buildup on your roof.
    • make sure all downspouts are properly secured to their drop outlets
  • Trim overhanging branches:
    • Trim any branches hanging over your roof to prevent them from breaking, rubbing, and damaging the roof during snow or ice storms.
    • Make sure you do this before cleaning the gutters
  • Check flashing:
    • Inspect the flashing around the chimneys, skylights, and vents. Make sure it’s secure and in good condition to prevent water infiltration.
    • Incorrectly installed or damaged flashing is one of the most common ways for water to get inside your walls.
  • Seal any leaks:
    • If you find any gaps or leaks around vents, pipes, or chimneys, seal them with appropriate weather-resistant materials to prevent heat loss and water entry.
    • If you see a leak, make sure to also look for rotted wood and for mold damage. Wet wood and drywall are extremely conducive to mold growth.
  • Insulate the attic:
    • Ensure your attic is properly insulated to prevent ice dams. Adequate insulation helps maintain a constant temperature on the roof and prevents snow from melting and refreezing.
    • Proper insulation also keeps your heating (and cooling) bills lower.
  • Ventilation:
    • Check and clean attic ventilation to promote proper airflow. This helps prevent moisture buildup, reducing the risk of mold and mildew.
  • Check for animal nests:
    • Inspect your roof and attic for any signs of animal nests or infestations. Critters seeking warmth may damage your roof or insulation.
  • Secure loose materials:
    • Check for any loose materials, such as vents or flashing, and secure them properly. Winter storms can cause these items to become dislodged.
  • Professional inspection:
    • If you’re unsure about the condition of your roof or if you find significant damage, it’s advisable to contact a professional. At M&M Roofing we offer free inspections and every day dozens of homeowners make use of that.

Remember, safety is a priority when working on your roof. If you’re not comfortable or confident in your ability to perform these tasks, it’s best to contact a professional roofing contractor such as M&M Roofing, Siding & Windows. Our team of professionals across Texas and Louisiana are ready to help you prepare your roof to withstand whatever winter conditions may come your way.

Doug Moncure
Doug Moncure
Founder of M&M Roofing, Siding & Windows in 1983. Call me today (713) 880-8210 to discuss any of your home improvement projects.
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