Temperatures are dropping and leaves are falling, signaling the most important and beneficial time to winterize your roof.
Roof maintenance often gets overlooked, but your roof protects you and your property from water damage, frigid temperatures, and invading elements.
Relax once the winter storms hit by preventing future issues now with these roof winterization tips.
- You should have your roof inspected at least twice a year to examine the flashing, shingles, and previously repaired sections for deterioration and possible leaks.
- Cut back tree limbs and vegetation, especially close to your building. This will prevent heavy snow from breaking the branches, damaging you, your property, or your power lines.
- Remove leaves and other debris from the roof to avoid holding moisture, or else the material could deteriorate from mold or rotting.
- Clean out your gutters and downspouts to prevent water damage from improper drainage, mold and rust, and physical dismounting from the debris' added weight.
- Check for signs of pests and critters that might seek shelter in the attic, and inspect for any holes or weak spots they could use to enter your building.
- Be sure the attic is well ventilated to prevent trapping heat and creating mold, rot, and ice dams.
- Ensure proper insulation to prevent expensive and difficult circumstances later, such as water leaks, increased energy bills, and ice dams from the escaping heat.
Rather than dealing with costly repairs during the colder months, prevent burdensome issues with timely roof maintenance.