Do you live in the Denver area and wondering if your roof is ready for winter? If you’re like most homeowners, at best you climb up on your roof once or twice each year and don’t know what is happening up there, today’s blog is for you.
With winters approaching, and the Denver snowstorms that hit us each year, it’s important to know what essentials your home needs this season.
Often, roof damage can be easily prevented if homeowners follow proactive measures. We’ve compiled a list of seven easy steps that will help protect your roof during the snowstorm:
- Clear Your Home’s Gutters and Downspouts
Make it a priority to clear your gutters and downspouts before any snowstorms hit. If your gutters and downspouts are not clear, snow will build up and create a dam at the end of the spout. This can cause water to back up into your foundation or under the roof. To avoid this, clear all debris from your gutters before there is even a threat of freezing temperatures.
- Check for Shingle Damage
Shingles are the pieces of wood that cover your roof. When it comes to shingles, bigger isn’t always better! The most efficient way to clear snow from your roof is by using a push broom or even a shovel for areas that don’t require heavy lifting. If you notice any bent or broken shingles, it’s best to make repairs before the impending winter storm hits.
Repair Leaks in Your Skylight
Skylights are popular fixtures in many of today’s homes, not only because of their beauty but also for their practicality. Unfortunately, skylights are susceptible to damage due to ice and snow buildup. So it’s important to address any cracks before the Denver snowstorms.
- Seal Cracks in Your Foundation
Foundation cracks can become a problem during the winter months due to water damage and freezing temperatures. Fortunately, there are many productive ways you can seal your foundation before any incoming storms hit.
- Check for Gaps in Your Chimney
A fireplace is a wonderful addition to any home, even during the winter months. However, if your chimney isn’t properly sealed, it can pose a major issue when using your fireplace this winter. Fortunately, there are many ways to close gaps in your chimney that will keep your home safe from a snowstorm.
- Clear Your Roof Drain Plugs
Just like gutters and downspouts, roof drain plugs are essential to keeping snow out of your home. When you clear these drains on your roof, water will flow off of your roof efficiently. However, if snow remains on your roof for too long, it can begin to melt and pour into the drain plugs. In addition, if these plugs are blocked, water will back up under the shingles and eventually seep into your roof deck or walls.
- Get your roof inspected by Sol Vista Roofing
If you’re unsure if your home’s roof is ready for the snowstorm, schedule a free inspection with Sol Vista Roofing. Our team of experts will be able to provide you with an honest assessment of any damage to your roof. Then, if necessary, we can provide you with solutions that are right for your budget and needs.
For more information about protecting your roof during the Denver snowstorms, contact Sol Vista Roofing today.