As the temperatures drop and the snow falls, ensure that your South Bend roof is ready! 

 

Your roof is the defender of your home and it was built to endure the elements in all four seasons. But just because protection is its main purpose, it doesn’t mean that things can’t go awry and you’re immune to all roofing damage! 

 

At AJ Construction in South Bend, we know that there are many roofing companies to choose from, but for trusted, comprehensive roofing services, partner with us! Learn more about how to prepare your roof for the impending winter weather!

5 Steps For Winterizing Your South Bend Roof

 

The best time to better prepare your roof for the colder temperatures to come is ideally in the fall or before the first, heavy snow. This gives you a little leeway in case you need a roof repair or a new roof installation and helps you identify and mitigate potential issues that can be a major inconvenience in the winter! 

 

Let’s examine these helpful steps below!

 

Get your roof inspected. 

 

The easiest way to prepare your roof is to schedule a roof inspection. A roofing company will be able to quickly identify any potential roofing issues before it’s too late and a big snowstorm hits!

 

Investigate the flashing.

 

Damaged flashing can rapidly lead to leaks in your roof if left unaddressed. What is the flashing on a roof? A roof’s flashing is the thin material roofing companies will use to direct water away from vulnerable areas of your roof — typically around roofing features such as chimneys, skylights, and vents. 

 

Inspect that there are no holes or corroded areas where water could pool and penetrate.  

 

Inspect the shingles.

 

Shingles take a brunt of extreme weather conditions — from hail and high winds to the beating of the sun — which is why it’s important to make sure they’re good to go before the winter. Check and see if they’re missing there granules, if they’re cracked or damaged, or bulging up in areas — all are signs that you may need a professional roofing company to come and make a few small repairs before the onslaught of snow and ice. 

 

Clean your gutters!

We can’t stress this enough, so please, don’t be the homeowner that just lets the leaves pile up without cleaning them! What’s the harm in this? If melting snow and ice from your roof have no place to drain because the gutters are (ahem) occupied, not only can it flood over the gutters potentially ripping them off and costing you money, but it can also create ice dams which are harmful and can cause major damage to your roof and home.  

 

Check your sealant.

 

If you have a chimney or other roofing features that require sealant, it’s a great idea to check and see if they need to be resealed before winter. The caulk wears over time, so it’s vital to protect your roof from damage by keeping it nice and sealed.  

 

Tis the season to prepare your roof for winter and all the weather you may experience in South Bend this year! 

 

So, if you need a hand, we’re here to partner with you in all of your roofing repairs and new roof installations! 

 

Schedule a roofing service today!