3 Tips To Prepare Your Roof For Cold Weather
Depending on where you live in the country, you may need to begin preparing your roof for colder weather as early as late summer or it may not be an issue at all. There are essential preparations you need to prevent home roof problems at the worse time of year.
Perform Regular Maintenance
Like your HVAC system, your roof needs regular check-ups to spot problems in the early stages. Find a roofing contractor in your area to evaluate your roof at least yearly. A good time of year to call is likely when your area is transitioning from one extreme temperature to the next. For localities that have hot summers and cold winters, the appropriate time will usually be around autumn when the weather is more temperate and any issues that might arise from extreme heat and rain can be spotted, but before cold and frozen precipitation can cause damage.
Check Interior Problems
Not all problems can be spotted by evaluating the roof alone, so you will need to check the ceiling (or attic) to see if you can spot any problems that might signal a roof problem. For example, you might notice damp spots on the ceiling after it rains, but a weak spot in your roof may not be obvious. This will give your roofing contractors an idea of additional inspections they need to make. Other concerns that might be noticeable from the interior are any areas where interior parts connect to the outside, such as having a fireplace or if any components of your HVAC or plumbing system exit through the roof. This can be major vulnerability allowing water, mold, or pests to infiltrate your roof.
Have An Emergency Plan
It is impossible to foreshadow whether the colder weather will dump inches of precipitation on your roof or if blizzard-like conditions could cause damage, even if your roof is structurally sound. To mitigate any possible damage, determine which supplies you might need if damage occurs. Of course, substantial damage would warrant evacuating your home, but minor damage can be mitigated with basic supplies, such as a ladder, tarp, and buckets that might be used to catch water or snow to minimize damage to your home's interior. If someone you know is generally comfortable climbing onto the roof, they should have the appropriate clothing readily available, such as boots that can provide traction on ice and snow, to safely place a tarp.
The cold weather is generally a bad time to have your roof replaced because you must consider the safety of workers and whether the materials used can be installed in colder temperatures. Preparing your roof for the colder weather can help you avoid the need for repairs during a challenging time of year.