Winter isn’t officially upon us yet, but it’s fast approaching. More colder days mixed with some flurries, is a tell tale sign. If you are wishing for a white Christmas, you may just get it! Before it arrives though, follow these proven winterization tips that will help make the season that much more exciting and enjoyable without having to worry about your roof!
Here are some simple winterization tips to help get your roof ready this cold season:
Inspect your roof. The first step in roof preparation is a thorough inspection. Look for cracks, broken or loose shingles, and sagging areas—anything that doesn’t look like it should. Inspect wet spots too because they could mean that there are small leaks on the roof.
Clean the gutters. Take advantage of the mild days we still have and unclog those gutters! One of the most common causes of roof damage is accumulated debris on the gutters. This prevents water and snow from passing through freely. Make sure you keep the gutters clog-free throughout winter as well because they tend to back up quickly during this time.
Check the valleys. Leaks typically occur in the valleys of your roofing system. Make sure they are free of clutter that can weigh down the roof and obstruct the path of rain and snow.
Fix or replace damaged flashing. Flashing is important in preserving the overall good condition of your roof. These are aluminum or metal strips used to seal and waterproof areas of the roof—usually along vents, chimneys, skylights, and pipes—so they don’t leak. These strips can be loosened or lifted by heavy rains and strong winds. So don’t forget to check, fix, or replace them if necessary.
The Roofing Company can help get your home up to par for winter, starting with your roof. We are no stranger to the importance your roof plays in protecting your family and your home from the extreme elements outside.
It will be a relief knowing you took the steps in making sure you and your family are prepared for winter. Now you’re ready. Let it snow!