Winterizing Your Roof
Winter is here and with it comes the cooler temperatures, harsher weather, and even some snow (if we’re lucky!) While many of us love the holiday season, winter weather can cause some damage to our homes if we don’t take the necessary precautions. You may have already gone through your home this season checking for any areas where cold air could get into your homes, such as windows and doors. However, there’s another step you should take, too – winterizing your roof!
Your roof provides the fundamental line of protection between your family and the harsh weather conditions. Keep reading for specific steps you can take to winterize your roof!
Take a closer look
The first step to winterizing your roof is to get a better understanding of what exactly needs to be done. That starts with getting a good look at your roof! Taking some time to get a good look at your roof from the top can help you notice any damage that can’t be seen from the ground. This will allow you to find the weak spots that may need a little more attention during the winter months – or even repairs that need to be made.
From loose or missing shingles to obvious rot, these issues are a big red flag when it comes to winterizing your roof. If you notice any kind of damage, make repairs before it gets worse. A professional inspection will help to identify any issues that may seem harmless, but could really cause costly damage to your roof, especially during the winter months.
Check your gutters
Many people think of their gutters in autumn, when the leaves start falling. That’s completely logical, however, it’s important to keep a check on them during winter, too! Melting ice and snow need somewhere to go when they melt and if your gutters are clogged up, it can lead to disaster. Make it a routine to check your gutters before the first projected snowfall of the year to avoid any overflow if things get serious.
When the weather gets severe, overhanging branches can fall and cause damage to your roof or clog your gutters. If you have any trees or branches over your roof or gutters, now is a good time to get them checked out or trimmed back.
Assess the details
Your roof is a major player in the security of your home when it comes to keeping out the elements. Don’t forget about the finer details that go into making that so! The first stop is your attic. Making sure your attic has proper ventilation can help you avoid issues like mold and mildew which can cause serious damage to your home. Next comes caulking and flashing. Replace any caulking that’s wrinkled or missed as well as any loose flashings. This will keep your roof in great condition all winter!
A chimney inspection is another great tool to protect your home during the winter. You may wonder how this is related to your roof. It’s important to clear your chimney of any debris, especially if you plan on using your fireplace more in the winter. If there is creosote buildup in the chimney, it could result in a fire inside your home. That’s why making a chimney inspection and clean-up a part of your roofing inspection at the start of winter is a must!
Check for any damage on the inside
While exterior damage is definitely a top priority, you should also check for any damage on the ceilings of your home, too. Water stains are signs that there is a leak, which should be addressed immediately and especially before winter conditions begin! Identifying this early on will help you avoid any costly repairs in the midst of winter.
Reach out for winterizing help from the experts at Pinnacle Roofing
Once you’ve taken these basic steps to winterize your roof, you may need to call in the experts! If you notice any damage, our team will help you determine the best way to solve the problem. Whether you’re searching for someone to winterize your home or if you’re looking for help with your business’ roof, we’ve got you covered. Contact our office to schedule a free estimate or just to ask any questions you may have.