Keep reading to find out how to get your roof winter-ready with easy roof maintenance services!
Even though this season can be unpredictable at best, your roof will always weather any storm, just as long as you make sure your roof is up to standards. However, your roofing is susceptible to damage, especially during the cold season. Here are some top tips to winterize your roof before winter.
6 Tips on How to Winterize Your Roof This Season:
1. Get a Professional Inspection
The first tip we must offer is to get a professional roof inspection. Professional roof inspections are safer and more reliable than you doing it on your own. Professional companies like Roof Advance, can help winterize your roof for you, while keeping you safe during the inspection.
Professionals know how to check shingles and flashing for damage, not to mention, they have the tools and expertise needed to properly check your roof’s materials. Essentially, you can cut down expenses you’d have used for repairs in the future by hiring a professional roof maintenance company. They can also advise on whether you need to change the roof or simple repairs will suffice.
2. Clear Clogged Gutters and Downspouts
You should always check your gutters and downspouts regularly, and even more so in the winter months. If your gutters are clogged before the first snowfall, it could lead to water damaging your shingles, your roof’s infrastructure, and the interior of your home. Because leaves fall in the winter, it is even more important to check your gutters because they most likely could be clogged from the fallen leaves. Gutter guards are also an idea to install, especially if you have a lot of trees on your property.
3. Trim Branches/Trees
Aside from making sure your gutters and downspouts are cleared and not clogged, it is also important to trim any branches and/or trees that are hanging near your home/roof. Take time to trim these branches to avoid any damage they may cause your roof, especially if the branches fall on the roof.
4. Check your Attic
Once you have checked your gutters and downspouts, it’s time to check your attic. In order to make your roof properly winterized, you need to make sure that there are no leaks in your attic and if your insulation is ample enough to get through the winter. This is also why we recommend hiring a professional so they can properly estimate the integrity of your existing insulation and if you need to replace it. You can check yourself to see if you notice any leaks, stains, or holes in your attic, which would mean you would need to fix the issue before the cold months come.
5. Check the Flashing and Caulking
Flashing and caulking is used around certain areas on your roof, usually found around the chimney, vents, and skylights. It’s important to have these materials checked to make sure there are no leaks.
6. Check for Signs of Damage In the Interior
Lastly, you should pay attention to your home’s interior. If you notice a wet ceiling, you should have it looked at immediately, because this means that there is water leaking somewhere in your home, most likely being an issue with the condition of your roof.
With these tips, we hope you can take care of winterizing your home. Most things can be done on your own, however, we still recommend that you hire a professional roof inspector to guarantee the protection, experience, and craftsmanship your home or property deserves. Here at Roof Advance, we have the whole package: the knowledge, skills, and tools needed to assist you with all of your roofing needs, proudly serving the Ann Arbor area since 1996.
Contact us now to get your free estimate.