How To Make Sure Your Roof Is Ready For Winter

Winter is here; whether or not you're prepared, it's going to snow. If you can't remember the last time that you got a new roof, then you may be really worried that you're going to get a leak. To avoid having a leak or any other problems this winter, there are a few things that you can do. Are you ready to learn a little bit more? If so, read on. 

Have It Inspected

The biggest thing that you should do before the winter starts is to have your roof professionally inspected. During a roofing inspection, your roofing contractor will climb on your roof and check for water damage, missing shingles, damaged shingles, and the overall condition of the roof. Then, they will be able to determine how long they think it will last or if you should hurry and have it replaced. If you do need to have your home roof replaced, just know that you will have to do it really soon before it starts to snow a lot. However, if it does snow while it's being replaced, your home roof replacement company will have enough materials to keep it protected so it doesn't get damaged. 

Uninstall Your Swamp Cooler

If you have a swamp cooler, make sure that you unplug it for the winter. If you leave your swamp cooler plugged in, it's more likely to leak and cause water damage on your roof. Additionally, if the hose freezes, it may crack and cause a big mess during the spring. To unplug your swamp cooler hose, all you have to do is climb up on your roof and twist it off like a garden hose; it should slip right off. 

Clean Out Your Rain Gutters 

If you have a lot of big trees near your roof, then your gutters are probably full of leaves. Make sure that you clean out your rain gutters before winter so that you can avoid any sort of clog. When rain gutters get clogged, a lot of icicles can build upon them, which can break them or lead to other roof damage. 

It doesn't have to be stressful to get your roof ready for winter. Use the simple tips listed in this article to ensure that your roof is as ready as possible for the snow. To learn more, contact a professional roofing contractor and ask them to come to do an inspection.