3 Ways to Prepare Your MN Roof for the Colder Months
Winter is the most brutal time of year for Minnesotans. With record-breaking lows almost every year, you most certainly know the value of preparing your home for winter.
You’ve checked off everything on your list for the cold months, but have you looked up to your roof yet? It can be an overlooked component during winter prep, even though your roof is of great importance in keeping your home safe and cozy.
Be sure to cross off these three tasks to prepare your roof for the colder months!
1. Schedule a Roof Inspection
The first thing that should be done is a general roof inspection. If you’re comfortable getting up there, you can do a quick one yourself to check for signs of damage, such as broken or missing shingles, indents or sags, loose granules of asphalt, and hail damage.
These signs of roof damage might prompt replacement or repair before the winter months hit. Putting off replacement or repair until spring wouldn’t be prudent as the current damage may worsen, causing a large spike in price when you finally get maintenance.
For those reasons and more, we highly recommend hiring a professional to conduct your roofing inspection. An expert roofer will be able to spot problem areas sooner, before they escalate. (Not to mention, it’s much safer than you getting up on your roof untethered.)
2. Clean Out Your Gutters
Spring through fall, gutters work at directing rainwater away from your home. In the winter, it will catch snow and direct it away when it begins to melt. As we all know, autumn is the most opportune time to clean out your gutters, as most debris falls in this season.
You should time your last gutter cleaning of the year late in the fall season after the last of the leaves have fallen. Doing so will prevent excess water from pooling up on your roof in the spring and the accumulation of ice dams in the winter.
3. Trim Low Hanging Branches
The trees around your home bring your property shade during the hot summer months but could prove dangerous in the winter. Trees with low-hanging branches near your home can accumulate ice during a snowstorm, potentially causing them to snap off under the increased weight.
These branches can fall on your home, causing significant damage to your roof and other parts of your home. These low-hanging branches may also become a great hazard to you and your family.
Let Timberline Help You Prepare Your Roof for Winter
At Timberline Roofing & Contracting, we are equipped to help with any type of winter preparation, including roofing repair and replacement. We also specialize in fast and reliable storm damage repair with insurance assistance!
Call 612-284-5329 for fast help or get a free quote online!