An old sailor's command of "Batten down the hatches!" seems most apropos when you are thinking about the coming winter and your roof. There is nothing like the powerful blizzards predicted for this winter to make you worry about whether or not your home, and your roof, are going to make it through. That much worry is perfectly normal, especially if you have not had a thorough roof inspection in quite some time (or at all). Here is what you should be doing in preparation for your roof for the coming winter.
Inspect Your "Hatches"
"Hatches" in this instance is not about closing and locking the lids on areas of your boat where you do not want excess water, but it is pretty close. It refers to checking the roof for areas where snow and ice are most likely to get into cracks and spaces in your roof and then leak inside when everything begins to melt with the spring thaw. The problem areas may be around an old chimney or near the flashing where one level of roof meets another. You may even have dormer windows that can leak if they are not properly sealed. Your roofing contractor typically offers other roofing services besides just roofing, and a thorough roof inspection just happens to be one of those services.
In this case, "battening down" refers to the need to replace and/or repair areas of shingles. The shingles that are loose need to be secured or replaced. The roofing contractor can do a "spot job" repair on these areas to make sure these shingles do not blow away in blizzard winds, slide off the roof with a shelf of snow, or rip loose and take a bunch of nearby shingles with them.
Securing Other Parts of Your Roof
Gutters are another area that can really suffer in winter, and like the rest of your roof, they are a necessary part to protecting your entire home. During the roof inspection, your roofing contractor will note where the gutters are loose or could use some better fastening. Gutters should also be cleaned and prepped for a season of heavy snowfall by lining them with rock salt or gutter heaters, which will effectively melt all snow and ice that lands in them and prevent ice dams from building. Down spouts also need to be secure so that melted snow and ice will travel away from the roof and foundation of your home in the spring.
For more information, contact a local company that offers roofing services, like Griffitts Construction Siding and Windows.