Winter storms that sweep the nation can bring heavy rain, arctic air, and unusual temperature drops to Floridians. As the cold season approaches, it’s crucial to take some time to perform roof maintenance to prevent damage to your home. Problems such as missing shingles and leaks can cause significant issues if ignored.
Not sure how to winter-proof your roof? No worries; we’ll help you out with a handy checklist you can use to perform maintenance before you miss your chance.
Check for Missing Shingles and Other Damage
Although getting a ladder to look for yourself or hiring a roof inspector is the best way to check for damage, you can also spot missing shingles from the ground with binoculars.
It’s especially crucial to take this step after a bad storm, as strong winds can sometimes knock shingles loose. You might find them scattered across your lawn or shingle granules in the gutters and downspouts.
A small amount of granules isn’t usually a concern, but excessive shingle sediment might indicate an underlying problem. For instance, your roof might be reaching the end of its lifespan.
Large, bald patches are a bad sign; you should call a roofing company if you notice this.
You want to look for warning signs such as:
- Missing shingles
- Cracked or curling shingles
- Peeling flashing
Schedule a Roof Inspection
There’s only so much a homeowner can determine about the state of their roof. Therefore, it’s always a good idea to have a professional take a look to identify any roof problems that need addressing.
Inspectors know what to look for and what steps homeowners need to take, if any. They can give you a rough estimate of the condition of your roof and how long it might last. You’ll also get some tips on how to maintain the roof.
It’s best to have this performed before the weather gets bad, about once a year.
Clean the Gutters
In general, you should clean the gutters twice a year. However, you might want to perform it more frequently.
Clogged gutters can cause water to seep underneath the shingles and the structure of your roof. Pull out the ladder or have this performed prior to winter’s arrival to avoid issues such as leaks and water stains.
Check for Leaks
Speaking of water damage, you’ll want to look for any leaks. Look at the ceilings for any obvious signs, and be sure to head to the attic.
Signs of water damage and leaks include:
- Musty smells
- Water stains
- Bulging spots on walls and ceilings
Finally, if you notice any work that needs to be done, be sure to schedule that before winter arrives. It should always be the final item on the checklist to ensure you haven’t missed anything and are taking the steps necessary to protect your roof.
Call a professional roofing company to schedule repairs as soon as possible. Professionals will patch up any damaged spots and protect your home from the winter weather.
Make Time for Seasonal Roof Maintenance
If you make time for regular roof maintenance, you’ll spot problems early and help prevent costly replacements. Be sure to perform maintenance, checking your roof after storms and at least twice a year.
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