5 Simple Steps to Winterizing Your Roof
Proper winterization ensures that your home will breeze through winter without any major problems. When it comes to preparing your home for the coming winter months, few things are more important than properly winterizing your roof. As your home’s first line of defense against the outside elements, your roof plays a vital role in keeping your family warm and protecting the contents of your home.
With temperatures steadily dropping, now is the time to perform some preventative roof maintenance so you can avoid costly repairs in the dead of winter. Here are five simple roof winterization tips from the experts at 1-derful Roofing.
Getting Your Roof Ready for Winter
Inspect Your Roof and Repair Any Damage
Take a look at your shingles to make sure they are still in good condition. Any shingles that are cracked, curled or show other signs of damage need to be replaced before winter. Inspect the flashing for signs of damage, and repair or replace it as needed. If you’ve previously repaired sections of your roof, inspect the repair job to ensure that it is still in good condition. If you notice any major roof damage, now would be the time to call in a professional to have it fixed.
Clean Your Gutters
We can’t overstate the importance of cleaning your gutters before winter. No one really enjoys this job, but it is one that must be done to protect your roof. Gutters need to be clear so that rain and melting snow can properly drain from your roof and away from your house. After all the leaves have fallen, carefully remove all of the debris from your gutters to avoid costly water damage to your siding, foundation and property.
Check the Downspouts
In addition to clean gutters, your home also needs to have clean downspouts. Make sure all of your home’s downspouts are free from debris so that melting snow can drain properly. Keeping your downspouts clean can also help prevent mold formation and extend the life of the pipe.
Insulate the Attic
A properly-insulated attic prevents icicles and ice dams on your roof. Before winter, check to make sure that your attic is properly ventilated and insulated. In addition to preventing potential problems, doing so will help keep your home warmer with less strain on your heating system.
Trim Overhanging Branches
If you have tree branches and limbs that hang over your roof, consider trimming them prior to winter. As snow weighs down on the, they can bend and break under the weight, sometimes leading to disaster. Ideally, overhanging branches should be trimmed late in the fall.
Roof Winterizing in Denver
Colorado residents should never skip roof winterizing in Denver. To ensure that your home is ready for the coming winter months, follow the steps detailed above, or schedule a roof inspection with 1-derful Roofing. Don’t just assume that your roof will last you another year. The summer heat may have caused damage that you haven’t even noticed. To make sure your roof will stand up to whatever old Man Winter throws its way, give 1-derful Roofing a call today at 303-647-9119.