Santa’s Landing Pad, Tips For Winter Roof Maintenance
It’s that time of year again when the weather outside gets frightful but the holiday cheer is delightful. You’ve probably got a lot on your mind during these busy winter months, but make sure that you don’t neglect the roof of your home.
Taking care of your roof is an important part of home maintenance and you don’t want to suffer a leak or any other problem during the cold months.
So how can you make sure that Santa and his sleigh have a solid and well-maintained landing pad when they touch down at your house this year? Here are some tips that every homeowner should know:
Check Out Your Gutters
Your gutters are an important part of your roof, because they allow water to flow away from the roof surface before it causes rot and damage. During the winter, your gutters will be more likely to get clogged with fallen leaves and can get blocked if they are not cleared out.
Get yourself a ladder and a friend to hold it for you and clean any leaves, debris and dirt from the gutters. ( DON’T try to do this alone, if you’re working on a 2 story house. I had a friend who was trying to install Christmas lights, who fell from a tipsy ladder, and didn’t survive the fall.) Flush the gutters out with a hose afterward to ensure they are clean. If your gutters have become damaged or leaky, you can use gutter sealant or fibreglass resin to patch up the hole.
Trim Back The Trees
If you have a lot of trees and vegetation overhanging above your roof, it’s a good idea to trim it back before the winter months. At the moment, it might not be touching your roof – but once it is blown around by the wind it might do some damage.
When hiring a tree trimming service, get a few different quotes from a range of contractors so that you can be sure that you are getting the right price.
Inspect Your Roof For Weak Spots
A roof inspection can save you from a lot of roof damage, which could get even more serious when the weather gets colder and wetter. Start by performing a visual inspection of the inside and outside of your roof.
Look around for any missing tiles and make sure that the gutters are allowing the water to drain freely from the roof. This can be done while walking around your property with binoculars.
If you spot something that looks suspicious, you can hire a professional roofer to take a closer look. They will be experienced and will know what to look for, so that they can find the weak spot and fit it right away. A roof inspection will cost you, but it is a lot cheaper than paying for a new roof!
These are just a few important maintenance tasks that you can perform in order to ensure that your roof is in tip top shape to welcome the winter season – and a sleigh pulled by eight tiny reindeer!