Your residential roofing is no stranger to the type of winter weather we get here in the Milwaukee area. However, that certainly doesn’t mean that you should neglect to take the best care of it that’s possible, in order to prep for and sustain the conditions. This is especially important if your roofing system is older, but all rooftops can benefit from these vital care tips.
Protecting Your Investment With Roofing Maintenance
So what are some ways that you can safeguard your roofing system against the harsh elements and avoid having problems related to nasty winter weather?
For starters, get your roof inspection before cold air moves in. You should have your roof inspected twice a year, as well as following any severe weather-related events. This helps locate and deal with any existing issues that could pose a threat or compromise the integrity of your roof. Repairs and improvements can then be made so that your roof is ready to take on whatever winter dishes out.
Beef up your insulation. A common winter-related issue that can cause immense damage to roofing is an ice dam. These form when the edges of the rooftop are colder than the center, which is the result of internal heat loss. Loss occurs due to insufficient insulation. Ice forms on the cooler edges, trapping the melting snow and causing the water to push up under the shingles. Improving the insulation will also help you lower your heating costs because you will no longer be losing heat through the roof.
Clean out those gutters. Your gutter system plays an integral role in transporting melting snow from the roof to the downspout, and away from your home. So, if your gutters are clogged with leaves from autumn still, that water will have no place to go which can lead to leaks and other problems.
Know when it’s too much snow. In the event of a major snowfall, it is a good idea to have the snow professionally removed from your roof, before it can cause any serious problems with your roofing system. You can even ask your roofing professional, during the inspection, how much snow your roof is currently equipped to handle.
Help is on the Way
The other thing to keep in mind is that this is all work that should be taken care of by industry experts. Keep things safe and protect your roof by letting a professional handle the work for you. At Semper Fi Roofing & Exteriors, we work hard to not just meet your expectations but exceed them.
We want the opportunity to work with you and help you get the best in performance and longevity from your roofing system. There is no reason why your roof should handle things any differently this time of year, as long you get it prepared for winter. Get your roof inspection and maintenance taken care of so you don’t have any problems once the weather turns cold and messy.