Winter is not exactly your roof’s best friend. If you don’t do what’s necessary to prepare your roofing system for the harsh winter, you might experience major leaks at the most inconvenient time.
To help your roof survive the most brutal season of the year, HPS Construction recommends these practical tips:
Cut Overhanging Tree Branches
Any experienced general contractor would advise you to trim tree limbs before winter weather. Strong winds can send them flying straight onto your home and compromise its structural integrity in an instant. If they’re close enough to your roof, they can damage your asphalt shingles.
Furthermore, overhanging branches can make it easy for critters to invade your home. Pests can gnaw on your roof, siding and other parts of your exterior. Plus, they can build a nest in the gutters and cause clogging.
Check Your Gutters
Clogged gutters and downspouts can cause headaches for homeowners. Clogging affects your roofing system’s drainage, allowing the water to pour over the sides. The runoff can cause foundational damage. Heavy spills can also ruin your landscaping. Not cleaning or replacing a faulty gutter system can increase the chances of ice damming, as well.
Catch Potential Leak Sources Early
The presence of active leaks indicates that you failed to identify red flags before they got worse. Even if you can address a leak with a sense of urgency, adopting a preventive maintenance approach is the sounder route to take. With or without visual signs of damage, scheduling regular professional inspections is key to avoiding a leaky situation at the worst time.
Ensure Proper Attic Ventilation
Your attic’s temperature has a direct effect on your roof’s health. An overly hot attic promotes ice dam formation. Experienced professional roofers have the trained eye to determine whether your attic ventilation system is efficient or not.
At HPS Construction, we specialize in a variety of renovations to prepare your home for the winter, including window replacement. We know what it takes to make it sturdy even against the wind, ice, snow and water, and keep your space dry and comfortable. Call us at (865) 225-6555 today to talk about your home improvement needs in Knoxville, TN, and get a free estimate.