As the temperature starts to drop and your family gathers under one roof for the holidays, it’s a season to appreciate what makes your family’s house a home. This winter is predicted to be wetter than usual, with El Niño conditions returning. Is your roof ready for the Texas winter season? Below is our guide to help you prepare your roof for winter.

Prevent Ice Dams

One of the most common winter roofing problems is the formation of ice dams, which form when water sitting on your roof freezes overnight and prevents drainage of your roofing system. Ice dams can cause wear and tear on your roofing materials, clog your gutters, and cause serious leaks.

• Clear any fallen leaves that have collected on your roof and trim any low-hanging branches.
• Routinely check your gutters and downspouts for debris or ice that could clog water drainage.
• Check the interior of your home for any signs of water damage.

Make Necessary Repairs

We understand that the holiday season can feel hectic and expensive without adding roofing costs, but checking your roof for issues now so that you can have damages repaired before winter is one of the most important things you can do as a homeowner. The added weight of water, snow, or ice collecting on your roof can worsen structural issues over time, leading to more costly repairs in the future.

• Examine your roofline for bulges, missing shingles, or curving.
• Check chimney flashing for damage or leaks.
• Schedule a professional roofing inspection to check the top of your roof and chimney for any signs of damage.

Invest in Insulation

Your roofing system is more complex than the visible shingles. A properly installed and thoroughly maintained roofing system includes roof decking, underlayment, flashing, and insulation. Proper roofing insulation should work to keep warm air trapped inside during the colder winter months while keeping cool air flowing in the warmer months. Not only will this keep your home more comfortable, but it’s also important for preventing ice dams and saving you on monthly energy bills.

• Check your roofing insulation for leaks in your attic space.
• Invest in attic insulation to promote proper airflow and ventilation in your roofing system.
• Have a professional inspection of your current roofing insulation system to assess for signs of damage.

Schedule a Professional Inspection

Protect what matters most this winter by scheduling a roof inspection with the Texas residential roofing experts. Climbing roofing ladders to check for damage is extremely dangerous, especially in the winter months, and should always be left to the professionals.

At WorleyByrd Roofing & Restoration, we are proud to offer thorough, routine maintenance to help you identify problems before they get worse. Our team will give you a comprehensive assessment of any damage we find and are happy to discuss our professional recommendations for how to best prepare your roof for winter. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.