Getting your roof ready for the winter requires having certain tools and features for the season. Here is everything your checklist needs for winterizing roofs.
We’ll let you fill in your own obligatory Game of Thrones reference, but it’s true that winter always seems to be just around the corner, even at the height of summer.
Winter can put a lot of stress on your home, whether it’s dramatic storm damage or slow, creeping mold or water ingress. Preparing for winter in advance is the best way to reduce your risk of costly repairs.
So here’s everything that should be on your checklist for winterizing your roof.
The Roof of the Problem
The first item on your checklist should be to look for signs of existing damage. Holes in your roof or damaged pipes could become a whole new problem when winter sets in.
Take a survey of your roof, both inside and out. Calling the professionals for a full survey is often a smart move, as some subtle problems might go unnoticed.
It’s easy to neglect your gutters while they’re doing their job, but their role in controlling water is vital. Leaf litter and other gunk in your gutters can cause them to overflow, which can lead to leaks and other water damage in your home.
This is also a good opportunity to inspect the gutters for damage. Gutters can become dislodged due to worn fastenings, high winds, or a combo of both.
With your roof inspected, it’s time to make any necessary repairs. You may need to replace roof shingles to ensure complete coverage, fix damaged vent seals, or remove and replace failed insulation.
Whatever it is, it’s best to do it before winter sets in, as it may be impractical to make repairs when the weather is at its worst.
Out on a Limb
Tree limbs can present a risk to your home in winter. They can sag under accumulated ice, become detached in the wind, or even present a fire risk via an unlikely lightning strike.
So take the time to cut tree limbs back from your house, creating a safe perimeter. If a tree does cause problems, this should limit the damage to your home.
Insulation regulates the temperature of your home to keep in cool in the summer and warm in the winter. In winter, it can help to prevent issues like condensation, and spare your bank account from the ravages of your heating bill.
Insulation can become damaged or worn out over time, so look for signs of mold or other damage. If you don’t have adequate modern insulation installed, get it done in time for the winter.
Who You Gonna Call?
Finally, it’s time to give thought to what will happen if things don’t go as planned. Preparation can only minimize risk, not eliminate it, so prepare for the worst-case scenario.
You can do this by collecting up your emergency contacts, like roof repair services or plumbers, and keeping the information somewhere safe—and in a place that you’ll remember!
Winterizing Your Roof: The Complete Checklist
With this checklist, you should have everything you need for winterizing your roof. A little preparation will go a long way, allowing you to relax in even the coldest or stormiest conditions.
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