Yes, it’s technically not even fall yet-but realistically, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about getting your roof ready for winter! Your roof is your home’s main defense from any harsh weather, so it’s essential to keep it in good condition.

Here are some things you can do to help winterize your roof and protect your home during the cold months.

Get a close look at your roof.

On occasion, roof damage can be spotted from the ground, but typically the only way we see damage from the ground is when that damage has become a big enough issue to cause other problems. The best way to check your roof is climb a ladder and actually get on your roof to look at it. It may be best to call a roofing company to come out and take a look, like our Royal Rundown, which is always at no-cost to you!

Look for visible damage to the roof

Are there any loose or missing shingles? Stains? Rot? These obvious signs of damage are an indicator that you need to have some work done to your roof prior to the winter months. Even minor damage can become a BIG problem if left unattended.

Check your gutters

This is particularly important if you live in on a property with a lot of trees! Many people take care of this in the fall as their trees lose leaves, but it’s something everyone should do one last time before winter. If the gutters are clogged, snow won’t drain properly as it melts and that will cause problems for your roof-and your home.

Overhanging tree branches

Snow is heavy, and it can weigh tree branches down and even cause them to break and fall. You do not want any tree branches hanging over your roof, so be sure to trim them back before winter.

Pest damage

Roofs take a beating from weather-but pests can be bothersome for a roof as well. Whether we’re talking insects, birds, or even small rodents, evidence of a pest problem can lead you to discover minor or even significant roof damage, which can turn into a major winter problem.

Check the attic!

Attics also need to be included when winterizing your roof. One of the most important things an attic needs is proper ventilation. Without it, mold, mildew, and other problems can develop inside your home.

Caulking and flashings

Loose or missing flashings need to be replaced, as well as caulk that is wrinkled or missing. This will help ensure that your roof continues to do the job it is intended!

Inside damage

Checking for interior damage is just as important as checking the exterior. Signs such as water stains on the ceiling, are indicative of leaks in your roof. Identifying this damage early can help prevent added issues later.

Get winterizing help

Once you have closely inspected your roof and identified any problem areas, it’s a good idea to find a roofer to decide how to fix those problems and get your roof prepared for winter.

Call Royal Roofing & Solar at (816) 540-7057 to schedule your Royal Rundown and get help with any and all of your roof needs!