If you live in an area prone to heavy snowstorms in the winter, like Massachusetts, it’s smart to check your roof before the snow flies to ensure that there is no damage, loose shingles, or other problems that could be made worse by heavy snow.
A small crack in a skylight, a loose shingle at the edge of the roof, or a weak spot where the heavy snow could cause a cave in can lead to expensive and hard to repair damage during or after a storm. When the forecast calls for heavy snow or a winter storm advisory goes up, it’s time to inspect your roof and address problems before they become emergencies.
Inspect Your Roof
The first thing that you should do is visually inspect your roof. Just walk around your home and look for any obvious signs of damage like fallen shingles, gutters that have come loose, or signs of damage like:
- Missing shingles or tiles
- Sagging in ridges or valleys
- Broken flashing around chimneys or skylights
If you notice any areas of concern, call a roofing professional right away to see if those problems can be fixed before the snow comes. It will be easier and less expensive to fix those problems before the snowstorm.
Your gutters are just as important as your roof, and if your gutters are clogged, it can impact the stability of your roof. Check your gutters to ensure they are free from leaves, ice, or debris. If the snow melts off the roof into the gutters but the gutters are clogged, that water has to go somewhere. It will pool on the roof or seep into your walls through small cracks in your siding or at the edge of the roof. Before a storm, it’s a good idea to check your gutters. And for long-term protection, you should consider installing gutter guards that will keep all debris out of the gutters.
Check the fascia boards for leaks while you are inspecting the gutters. If you see any water damage or water on the fascia boards, that’s a sign your gutters could be clogged or leaked.
Remove Any Tree Branches Near The Roof
Heavy snow on tree branches can mean that those branches end up falling on your roof and causing damage. If you can, remove any tree branches that are near the roof or overhang the roof. If you can’t remove them, once the snow starts falling out, use a roof rake to clean the snow off the branches before it builds up.
Install Copper Panels
Copper or metal panels installed around the edges of the roof aren’t just decorative. They direct snow away from the roof and cause it to fall away from your home. They also can prevent ice dams along the roof’s edge and in your home’s gutters. If your home is prone to ice dams, talk to a professional roofer about installing copper panels for safety.
Get Professional Help
Protecting your roof from snow damage can save you a lot of money and protect your home from water damage and mold. If you’re worried about how the winter weather will impact your roof, talk to the professionals at Sunrise Exterior LLC today. We can check your roof for issues and suggest custom solutions to protect your home from the worst winter weather.