Is your home prepared for the winter that is quickly approaching? One thing that many homeowners neglect to prepare for the winter is the roof on the home. The roofing needs more attention than many homeowners think – it's not an element of your home that you want to completely ignore until the water starts dripping in on your head at night.
Here, you'll find a few things that you can do to get a head start on your roofing winter preparations this year.
What do you really need to tend to the needs of the roofing? The equipment that you'll need to care for your roofing is quite basic – hammer, nails, roofing tar, utility knife, roof rake, and a broom. Of course, you'll also need a ladder and a good pair of rubber-soled, non-slip shoes to keep you safe.
Clear the Surface
You never want to allow dirt and debris to remain on your roofing. Allowing it to remain will result in rot and water damage that is expensive to repair. So, get up on your roofing and clear the surface to the best of your ability. Pay close attention to the valleys, shaded areas and near the gutters. Also, the seals around the chimney and roofing vents must also be checked and maintained.
If you have thick moss growing on the roofing, it will need to be removed permanently. To do this, you'll need to mix one-part bleach with two-parts water. Spray the solution over the moss that's growing and let it sit for several hours. If it's very hot out, you may want to cover the moss with some plastic to trap the bleach mixture underneath and allow it the time to kill the moss spores before it dries.
Once the time has passed, use the roofing rake to begin peeling the moss off of the roofing. If the layer was thick, repeat the bleach application and repeat the process until there's nothing left there but shingles. Make sure that all of the gutters are kept clean. If the gutters back up during the winter, ice damns could form. When that happens, water gets pushed up under the shingles and will cause them to lift, rip and prevent them from protecting your home.
Talk with your local roofing services to learn more about what you can do to begin preparing your roof for this year's harsh winter.