You can feel it in the air. Fall has arrived… a season full of heavy rain, falling leaves, and cooler temperatures. Unless you’re in Texas. Then “fall has arrived” could mean anything from tornadoes, hail, or even snow.
There is really no guarantee when it comes to the uncertainty of weather in Texas. However, there are steps you can take to make sure your roof is thoroughly prepared in the fall so it can withstand freezing temperatures, prevent leaks, and endure possible snow and ice in the winter months.
Here are 3 tips to prepare your roof for fall/winter
1. Clean / remove debris from gutters
Remove excess debris from your gutters and downspouts to ensure that rain and melting ice filters properly off of your roof. Blocked gutters can also cause ice to build up and possibly cause them to collapse or break under the pressure.
2. Trim tree branches that hang over or near your roof
Trees begin to shed their leaves when fall arrives. If your trees’ branches hang over your roof, there’s a chance dead leaves will end up in your gutter, which keeps it from filtering runoff efficiently. Make sure to trim your branches so that leaves fall in the yard, rather than directly onto your roof.
3. Have a professional inspect your roof
If you notice shingles are curling, cracking, or buckling then you need to replace them as soon as fall arrives. Heavy rain, ice, and cold wind can enter through these cracks and cause damage to your roof and attic. Have a professional roofing general contractor examine your roof. They’ll be able to tell you whether you only need a few shingles replaced, or if you’d be better off replacing your entire roof… which you’ll definitely want to have completed before winter arrives. They can also make recommendations on how to fix leaks or repair attic damage to keep your roof and attic sealed tight from winter weather.