Nowadays taking care of your roof should be something that should be engrained in any homeowner’s mind, but if you’re just starting out it can be a bit overwhelming. Your roof might be low maintenance, but just like a car, you want to take some precautionary measures for the coming winter months to ensure you’re fully protected all season long.
• Your roof should be free of debris that may clog your drains, scuppers, or gutters. Debris can also cause damage when blowing around the roof surface and pose a blow off risk to customers and the public.
• Be sure downspouts are secure, and able to bare normal ice and snow loads. A lack of positive drainage in the winter time can cause ice dams and roof leaks if not addressed prior to the winter.
• Be sure to cut back any over-hanging vegetation to eliminate the falling leaves from getting on your roof service.
• During infamous Pittsburgh winter storms, low lying branches can break from the snow load and damage the roof system – it’s important to identify these hazards now, before damage is done.
• Check all cap flashing and coping metal flashing to ensure it is secure and not at risk to blow off.
• Lastly, complete a thorough check inside for active leaks, report the active leaks to your roofing contractor immediately to ensure they are repaired prior to the winter.
Now is the time to ensure that your roof is ready to take on Mother Nature. Have questions? Want to make an appointment with a roofing professional? Reach us with the “Contact Us” form available on our website or call us at 412-928-3060.