Photo Courtesy of Farmers’ Almanac

The Farmers’ Almanac has put out their predictions for the coming winter and no surprise; it’s going to be cold and snowy. They’re predicting average snowfall and temperatures for our region in the coming months. So just how should you prepare your home’s roof? No matter where you live around Franklin roofing does a big job.

Clean It

Debris like leaves, sticks, and tree droppings can all rot and cause roof damage. Mildew causes shingles to deteriorate faster than they should. There are several ways to clean your roof. If you have sticks, branches, and leaves, use a blower to blow the debris from your roof. If you have stuck-on tree droppings, try using your hose with a nozzle set to a shower spray. Never use a pressure washer or hose attachment with high pressure as you can hurt the shingles with high water pressure.

If your issue is mildew, a 50/50 mixture of bleach and water in a pesticide type sprayer will help. First, water any landscaping below your roofline. Then spray the mildew with the bleach mixture and let it sit for about ten minutes. Next, rinse using your hose. Be sure to rinse your landscaping afterward to prevent the bleach mixture from harming your plants.

Inspect Your Gutters

Now that you’ve blown debris from your roof and the leaves are off the trees, you probably have full gutters. When it snows or rains and your gutters are clogged, they can’t do the job they were made to do. Clogged gutters are one reason ice dams form. If you had icicles hanging from your gutters last year, chances are good you had ice dams. Clean your gutters now to prevent damage to your gutters and the roof’s edge.

Refresh Your Insulation

Your attic insulation doesn’t last forever. Water and time both make insulation less effective. If you haven’t checked to see if you have sufficient insulation, now is a great time to do so. A general guideline is that your insulation should be even with or just cover the floor joists. For more information, see the ENERGY STAR® guide here. Insufficient insulation and ventilation are two other causes of ice dams. If you think your ice dam issues may be due to poor attic ventilation, contact a roofer to inspect it.

Of course, if you haven’t call a Franklin roofing company residents know and trust, like Frank-Dale Exteriors, for a free roofing inspection, that should be added to your to do list. Your roofing is the first line of defense against snow and ice. Making sure your roof is in good shape before the winter will give you peace of mind. Call us at 414-425-5796 to schedule your free inspection today.