At this point in the year, winter is right around the corner, and here in New York, everyone knows what that means: snow and even more snow. Even with the help of the Farmer’s Almanac, it’s difficult to predict the severity of each winter season, but it’s best to be prepared for the worst. After all, the roof of your home is what keeps you safe, cozy and dry during these harsh times of the year, so it makes sense to pay attention to the condition of your roof before the heavy snow starts to fall.
Keeping You Safe And Dry This Winter
In the interest of preventing roof damage for our fellow Queens residents, we’re going to cover some fairly simple yet useful ways that you can winterize your roof. For roof repair jobs that are beyond your ability, just know that our Queens residential roof repair experts are here for you. With years of experience as residential roofers, something like roof repair comes naturally for the team here at Superior Touch Roofing & Contracting Inc. If you’re experiencing a leak in your roof or something just doesn’t feel quite right, don’t worry – just get in touch with New York’s roofing repair experts today!
Clean Out Your Gutters And Downspouts
This is a very simple yet effective way to maximize the performance of your roof during the colder times of the year. Clearing out all of your gutters around your home will allow water to run freely from your roof to your gutters and away from your home. Clogged gutters can result in water backing up into the foundation (a homeowner’s nightmare) and can also ruin the trim on the exterior. By cleaning out the old fall leaves and debris in your gutters and ensuring that your downspout isn’t clogged, water shouldn’t be an issue for your roof.
Trim Any Overhanging Tree Branches
Overhanging tree branches are especially a concern during the warm yet heavy snowstorms of the springtime, but you don’t want to keep these massive branches looming over your home during the winter, either. This is because overhanging tree branches can get very heavy with snowfall and potentially break and fall onto your roof, causing expensive damage. Low-hanging branches can also scrape your roof, your windows, and damage shingles. Plus, who wants to hear the constant noise of branches hitting their bedroom window when they’re trying to sleep? Do yourself and your home a favor by keeping those nearby branches nice and trim.
Inspect Your Roof
You don’t have to be a professional roof repair company in Queens just to give your roof a quick look-over. When inspecting your roof (please make sure you get up there safely if looking at the ground level isn’t good enough), looking for any damaged, loose or missing shingles that may leak. Shingles that are curling, lifting or buckling are also problems that you should be on the lookout for. You’ll also want to inspect your roof for moss or mold which can lead to early deterioration of shingles and cost you money in roof repairs down the road.
After a particularly severe storm with hail or high winds has passed, make it a standard practice to check your roof for any potential damage. Consider having your roof professionally inspected once every year or two so that any problems you didn’t catch will be noticed and addressed. A home energy auditor can also examine your roof and the area of siding that meets the gutters for leaks and to ensure that no damage has taken place.
Insulate Your Attic
Most homes that aren’t ranch style tend to have an attic. If your attic isn’t properly insulated, it can promote the formation of ice dams even if you only receive as little as one to two inches of snow. An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow (i.e. water) from draining off of the roof, leading to costly leaks and other issues. If an ice dam does form, the best way to melt it is to fill a nylon stocking with calcium chloride ice melt and place it on top of the ice. Make sure not to use rock salt as this can damage your roof – stick to using calcium chloride.
To better insulate your attic, seal areas where exhaust fans, attic hatches, and small holes allow heat to escape from your house and get into the attic. If your attic doesn’t have some form of insulation yet, you can purchase foam insulation and weather stripping supplies at just about any hardware or home improvement store. Simply add these to the plywood or drywall in your attic and ice dams shouldn’t be an issue for you and your roof this winter.
Ventilate Your Attic
Properly ventilating your attic can also help prevent ice dams, as this will help keep the underside of your roof cold and prevent the snow from melting and then refreezing. If your attic ventilation is sub-par, the water vapor generated from things like bathing, cooking, and cleaning can reach the cold underside of a roof deck and condense. Avoid this moisture buildup with adequate attic ventilation.
Have Confidence In Your Roof This Winter
You shouldn’t have to worry about your roof holding up, even in the worst of storms. If you have any concerns, let the Queens residential roof repair experts ease your worries. Contact Superior Touch Roofing & Contracting Inc. today for our roof repair services!