Snow, hail and ice severely test your home’s durability, and there is no part of a house more prone to winter damage than your roof. To help keep roofing damage at bay this season, there are a number of important steps you have to take. You can never truly eliminate the possibility, but you can minimize its likelihood by taking action before it’s too late.
Kearns Brothers, the leading exterior siding and roofing contractor in the region, outlines a few ways you can mitigate roofing damage this winter.
Clean Your Gutter System
Ice damming occurs when your gutters are clogged. When leaves and other debris get stuck in your gutters, it will hold moisture and water. That moisture freezes once the cold weather begins. Ice dams damage your roof over time, preventing snow from melting completely and flowing through the gutters. That said, make sure your gutters are clean to reduce the number of ice dams forming and wreaking havoc on your home.
Insulate Your Attic
Insulation helps protect your interior from the snow and ice accumulating on your roof during a winter storm. Having a roof repair expert like Kearns Brothers properly insulate your attic can keep your home warmer and cozier throughout the winter. This means less moisture accumulation and fewer problems in the long run.
Trim Nearby Tree Branches
The temperature drops dramatically during winter, with winds that are strong enough to knock down loose branches. If any of those branches accidentally lands on your roof, it can break your asphalt shingles or remove some pieces from your system. Make sure to trim any overhanging tree branches to keep your roof intact.
For any of your roof installation and maintenance needs, turn to Kearns Brothers. We specialize in a wide range of exterior services, helping you protect your home from any problem Mother Nature may bring. To schedule a free consultation, call us at (888) 203-7077 or complete our contact form. We serve homeowners in Dearborn, Detroit, MI, and the surrounding communities.