With winter just around the corner, now's the time to get your roof ready for the harsh weather that's about to arrive. Even if your roof is just a few years old, it's still going to need some maintenance before cold weather sets in. Here are some simple steps you can take to winterize your roof.
Give it a Thorough Cleaning
When it comes to winterizing your roof, cleaning it is one of the most important things you can do. Dirt, debris, and even mold growth can seriously damage your roof, especially if they're allowed to remain all winter long. Follow these step-by-step instructions to clean your roof before the temperatures dip.
Supplies You'll Need
- Slip-resistant shoes
- Push broom
- Garden hose
- High-pressure nozzle
- Household pump sprayer
- Fill your sprayer with hot water and add 2 cups of bleach.
- Put your slip-resistant shoes on and use your ladder to access your roof.
- Bring your sprayer, broom and garden hose with high-pressure nozzle with you to the roof.
- Begin by using your broom to sweep away all of the debris that might be on your roof.
- Beginning on the lowest edge of the roof, spray your asphalt shingles with the bleach cleaner.
- Use your broom to scrub the moistened area.
- Move on to the next section.
- Continue cleaning across and up your roof.
- Once you've scrubbed the entire roof, use your garden hose to rinse away the bleach solution.
Clear the Gutters
You might not realize this, but cleaning your gutters will help protect your roofing all winter long. This is particularly true if your gutters are filled with debris. When gutters are filled with debris, the water can't flow through properly. Unfortunately, that means that the water can seep up under the shingles, leading to water damage. Before winter arrives, give your gutters a thorough cleaning. Begin by using a push broom to sweep away all of the debris. Next, use a garden hose to flush the remaining dirt through to the downspout. Be sure to continue flushing until the water runs clean.
Call in the Professionals
To make sure that you don't experience any unexpected problems with your roof this winter, you should schedule a professional inspection. By inspecting your roof before the cold weather arrives, your contractor will be able to identify and repair any problems that might lead to leaks once the rain and snow get here.
Winter will soon be here. Time to get your roof prepared for the cold weather. Use the tips provided here to winterize your roof. Be sure to speak to your roofing contractor about other steps you should take to protect your roof this winter. Contact a company like FirstChoice Exteriors for more info.