Every season brings its challenges to home maintenance, but taking preventative measures is the best thing you can do. Make appointments for inspections before winter so you can keep your roof from enduring the elements. Here are some ways you can winterize your roof to avoid potential problems this season:
Clean guttersClean out your gutters clear of debris so rainwater and melting snow can drain properly. Clogged gutters may lead to water damage to your landscaping, siding, the foundation and other important components of your home.
Check your downspoutsMelting snow can drain properly from your roof only if your downspouts are free of debris. Mold can form inside the pipe, which can lead to rusting.
Insulate your atticProper ventilation and insulation in your attic can prevent heat loss and the formation of icicles. Consult our Crest roofing experts for recommended insulation levels.
Inspect and repair flashingsCheck your flashing for signs of damage and previously repaired parts of your roof. Call a professional to repair issues.
Trim overhanging tree branchesTree limbs overhanging on your roof can bend and fall when snow and ice weighs down on them. The best time to remove tree branches and limbs is in late fall through winter.
Chimney inspection and cleaningIt is extremely important to have your chimney inspected and cleaned at least once a year, especially right before you start to use it a lot. Inspections and regular cleanings will help ensure that everything will function properly and also prevent fires.
Keep an eye out for pestsSquirrels, raccoons, mice, and even birds may want to use your home during cold weather. They can cause extensive (and expensive) damage to your home and to your roof.
Taking these necessary steps will bring you peace of mind in knowing that the most important part of your home is in good shape and can continue doing its job through the winter.
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