As we have entered the month of December, it is crucial to prepare our homes for the upcoming winter. Given the importance and role of the roof during all seasons, it is important to prepare your roof for the extreme changes in temperature as well as precipitation that the winter months bring throughout the state of New Jersey. Below we will outline several approaches the homeowner can take to better prepare their roof for the upcoming winter weather to avoid major and costly damage their home could sustain as a result of negligence.
Winter NJ Roofing Maintenance Tips
- Gutter Cleaning - A much overlooked aspect of roofing maintenance, gutter cleaning should be performed in the fall and spring. Without adequate flow throughout the gutters due to debris and leaves, your home could sustain siding and foundation damage from overflowing gutters. The debris and leaves can freeze during the winter months as well, leaving the potential for gutters to break or rip off of your home, thus increasing the cost of installing replacement seamless gutters.
- Trimming Tree Branches - If you live on a lot that has large trees, chances are they can break from the weight of the ice and snow during the winter months and potentially cause hundreds if not thousands of dollars worth of damage to your roof and gutters. Of course large branches seem dangers, but smaller branches can be just as pesky in causing damage to your roofing shingles that you cannot see from the ground. Damaged shingles can cause minor leaks that will later turn into large problem areas if they are not addressed immediately. Hiring a tree pruning professional is the key solution to these potential problems.
- Clean debris from roof - Twigs, leaves, and other debris should be thoroughly cleaned from your roof before the winter sets in. Not only can debris cause damage to your roofing shingles but they may also stimulate algae growth as well as the potential for ugly roofing stains.
- Inspect troublesome roofing areas - Areas of the roof to inspect for common roofing repairs include pipe jacks/vent pipes, step flashing around chimney, valleys, as well as a visual inspection of any loose or warped shingles. You can perform these inspections yourself and even fix the issues mentioned with careful planning and safe navigation of your roof.
The list we compiled for winter roofing maintenance can be applied anywhere throughout the United States. Please contact Brothers Roofing for all of your New Jersey roofing repair and maintenance needs. Please remember that an experienced roofer can navigate a roof in a much safer manner than a homeowner thanks in part to years of experience. If you do not feel safe navigating your roof or climbing a ladder to clean your gutters, DO NOT DO SO!! A small roof repair job is not worth risking an injury or even your life. At Brothers Roofing, we offer quality materials to our customers along with quality installs. We also offer a 10 Year Labor Warranty on roof replacements to offer our customers a peace of mind.