As the beautiful colors of fall give way to the colder months, you need to make sure your home is ready to withstand the harsh conditions that winter brings. In the mid-west that could mean major snowfall and ice accumulation, and in Florida, you might still see some tropical storms hanging around and have hurricane-force winds to worry about. One way to make sure your home is protected from the winter season is to have a well-prepared roof. Making sure your roof is winter-ready will not only keep your home insulated and protected from the elements, it also helps to maintain the structural integrity of your home. Here are tips from the experts at Farha Roofing on how to make sure your roof is ready for winter.

1. Inspect your roof. You will want to look for missing, damaged, or loose shingles. This can lead to leaks and further damage during heavy snow and ice storms. If you’re not comfortable inspecting your roof, the professional roofers at  Farha offer free inspections.

2. Clean gutters and downspouts. Your gutters and downspouts allow water to leave your roof and downspouts direct the water away from your home’s foundation. When your gutters are clogged this can lead to water accumulating on your roof potentially leading to leaks and damage.

3. Trim overhanging branches. While trees can protect from sunlight during the summer, in the winter they can scratch your shingles and dent your roof on impact. Make sure you remove any branches that can cause damage to your roof.

4. Inspect your attic. The attic is a significant part of your roofing system. When it’s properly ventilated it allows for good airflow and circulation. If the air doesn’t flow properly it can lead to irregular distribution of warm and cold air which can lead to structural damage. This is also where you can see if there are any cracks or leaks in your roof.

5. Schedule maintenance and repairs to your roof. As you are inspecting your roof if you see damage you don’t want to wait to have it repaired. If you wait to make repairs it can lead to major damage to your home. Farha offers maintenance and repairs that will give you peace of mind your home and loved ones are protected.

6. Bonus tip for our Colorado folks! If you see ice dams forming on your home call Farha Roofing. We offer ice dam removal using a method that converts cold water into low-pressure steam. This is the quickest method to remove all of the ice without causing damage to the roofing materials.

When you’re proactive and prepare your roof for winter, you are ensuring your home will remain safe, dry, and comfortable during the coldest months. You also want to keep a close eye on your roof. Just because you don’t see any damage now, doesn’t mean your roof will never be damaged. If you notice your home isn’t holding heat like it should, or you feel drafts, take a look at your roof. Farha Roofing is your local roofing professional, and we strive to rise above the rest. If you have questions about your roof or you need a new roof give us a call.