How to Prepare Your Roof for Winter in Arizona

October 12, 2018 10:43 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Winter is steadily approaching. While the winter months down here in southern Arizona are nowhere near as bitter as they are in more northern states, the weather can still get a little bit chilly from time to time, especially overnight, and there are other forms of inclement weather that can pick up a bit.

With this in mind, here are a few tips from a roofing contractor in Gilbert, AZ to keep your roof in good condition throughout the winter months and all year long:

  • Clear out gutters: Now is a good time to take a look at your gutters and downspouts and make sure they’re free of debris. If it does rain, this will make sure the water flows away from your roof and your foundation. This is especially important in the winter months because there are some nights where the temperature can get below freezing, so the last thing you want is to have unexpected issues with inconvenient freezes in your gutters or around your property.
  • Check for roof damage: This is a good task to complete multiple times throughout the year, especially coming out of monsoon season. Did your roof suffer any damage during any particularly severe storms earlier in the year? Look for missing tiles or damaged shingles, and repair them before the winter weather sets in so you can avoid any additional complications. If you had shingles missing for a long time without issues, that’s no guarantee that you’ll continue to be so lucky moving forward. Therefore, make sure you have a contractor come out and patch up any areas that have sustained damage as soon as possible.
  • Repair any leaks: If you have leaks coming inside your house, now’s a good time to make the repairs. Just because it doesn’t rain that often doesn’t mean you should just let leaks go. Water coming into your home can create irreversible damage that could also result in an environment in which mold can form, causing potential structural issues or health problems. Therefore, you should make sure to patch up any leaks as soon as you notice them so you don’t let a small problem become something much larger.
  • Get a roof rake: Roof rakes are great tools to help you clear off debris or snow and ice (in the rare cases we get them) off the roof. If you don’t want to have to go out and purchase a special tool for the job, you can also make do with a push broom that has a long handle on it, allowing you to get up on your ladder and cover a pretty good distance with it.

These are just a few of the steps you can take to get your roof in good shape before the winter months hit. Again, while our part of Arizona doesn’t see nearly the same type of extreme weather found in other states, it’s always a good idea to be prepared nonetheless. Contact a roofing contractor in Gilbert, AZ for more info.

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