Texas may not be known for its snowstorms, but even a few inches of sleet can wreak havoc on your roof. Add in a little wind, rain, and rodent activity, and you can be stuck with a big winter mess. Since you never know what the weather in DFW may bring, it is best to be proactive by using these Texas roofing tips to check for problems before they spread.
Clear Your Gutters
The design of a roof is something most people don’t think about, but it’s pretty impressive. Your roof has a slight slope that allows water to run off into your gutters and down, away from your house. While the system works perfectly most of the time, fall leaves and debris can quickly block the passageway and lead to standing water on your roof. Over time, this can lead to damaged shingles and rot so make sure to do a seasonal clean up before winter hits hard.
Trim Your Trees
Overhanging branches are one of the biggest causes of stripped asphalt shingles, and those limbs also provide easy access for winter pests to gnaw at your roof to gain access to the attic. Ideally, all branches should be trimmed approximately three feet from the exterior of your home.
Check for Leaks
Most roof leaks start out small, and they are sometimes undetectable to the human eye when they occur between interior walls. Begin by using a flashlight to check the ceiling and walls in your attic, and then move on to the other rooms in your home. Any areas that bulge, feel moist or have obvious mold are clear signs that your roof needs repairs.
During the winter, your roof provides your family with protection from the elements. Be sure to contact us today for your seasonal inspection to make sure your roof is ready for whatever winter brings.