How To Prepare Your Roof For Winter

Fascia and soffit repairThere are many things on your checklist to prepare your home for the cold winter months. Moreover, your roof is one part that should not go neglected. If you postponed your roof maintenance over the summer and fall months, it’s not too late for a quick check up of your roof. A visual inspection is pretty simple to do without having to get on the roof. For example, here is our checklist of recommendations for potential issues to inspect.

  • Gutters and fascia boards

First, make sure the gutters are cleaned out and free of debris. Specifically check for any rotted fascia or trim boards?

  • Tree branches

Trim tree branches away from the roof. Low hanging tree branches can scrape your shingles. Likewise, branches can fall and puncture a hole in the roof.

  • Shingles

Inspect the shingles for any sign of damaged. Look for curling, missing or damaged shingles.

  • Flashings

Check the flashing around chimneys and skylights. In particular, make sure the flashing is not bent, missing or damaged.

  • Attic Inspection

Take a peak in the attic space if possible. This is a way to identify any potential leak issues and catch them early.

Lastly, don’t wait to repair your roof. What may seem like an insignificant or inexpensive repair that you’re putting off will turn into a major issue. In general, roof leaks don’t just resolve themselves or go away. That being said, it doesn’t hurt to get a quote from a contractor. Most, if not all contractors offer free repair or replacement estimates. To emphasize, this could be a helpful tool in better understanding the extent of your roofing issues and planning the best way to proceed.

In conclusion, here at MCE, we offer free evaluations of your roofing and gutter systems. Give MCE a call at (503) 397-2215 or Fill Out Our Free Roofing Consultation Form to schedule a contact-free roof evaluation. A certified GAF Master Elite Contractor. In addition, we are family owned and operated serving Columbia County, the Portland Metro and surrounding areas with over 25 years of experience.

Angie Holcomb
Author: Angie HolcombIn late 1993, one year after their marriage, Angie and Mark Holcomb decided it was time to follow their dream, and the couple set out to launch their own business. One year later, in 1994, Marks Custom Exteriors was established, one loving couple, one new truck and a passion for their vision. 25 years and many roofs later, MCE has grown to become Portland's premier roofing company and one of the only Nationally Recognized Roofing Companies in the State of Oregon as a GAF Master Elite Contractor. They remain committed to building lasting relationships with their customers through outstanding customer service, expert craftsmanship, and professional behavior and appearance among every member of our team.