We’ll admit this post may seem premature as the temperature of late have felt a whole lot more like summer than fall. But now is the time to ready your home, and especially your roofing, for winter. As a roofing contractor Roanoke residents have trusted for more than 30 years, we’ve been helping homeowners season after season and year after year.
#1 – Clean Your Roof
Sounds logical enough but we’re amazed at how many homeowners let leaves, branches, and other tree droppings sit on their roof. Not only does it not look good, it also can cause your shingles to more quickly deteriorate than they otherwise would. Even if your residential roofing in Roanoke is metal, slate, or tile, it should be cleaned to keep it in top condition.
#2 – Clean Your Gutters
Your gutters are part of your roofing system and cleaning them before winter will help your roof. When your gutters fill with debris, water can’t flow out as it should. When water backs up, especially in the form of snow, and goes through a freeze – thaw cycle, ice dams begin to form. Ice dams can bend and break your shingles and cause your gutters to sag. When the snow melts on your roof and runs toward the now clogged gutters, the water has nowhere to go other than into your home. By taking the time to clean your gutters, it is less likely that ice dams will form and cause a roof leak or even basement water damage from the melting snow and ice.
#3 – Check Your Attic Insulation and Ventilation
Attic insulation and ventilation are important to the health of your roof. Without proper insulation, you’ll be wasting money heating your home and are more likely to have ice dams form. Additionally, mold and dry rot can form in the rafters of your attic due to condensation from the humidity in your home below, both of which lead to roof damage.
Of course, it goes without saying that you should make any necessary roof repair before winter sets in. If you’re looking for a roofing contractor Roanoke Valley residents trust with their homes, call Abracadabra Restoration Specialists at 540-977-0045. We are a Class A licensed roofing contractor who also provides restoration services.