How To Prepare Your Roof For Winter

Is the roof on your home looking a little worse for the wear? Learn tips for identifying when you need to replace your roof.

How To Prepare Your Roof For Winter

28 March 2017
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Your roof withstands a great deal of physical wear and tear, and doubly so in the winter as the temperature drops and snow starts falling. Damaged roofing can lead to all sorts of headaches for your house, including water damage, mold growth, and increased energy bills. Thankfully, there are a couple of things that you can do to help prepare your home's roof for the winter.

Check the Attic

Before the snow actually falls, you should enter your attic and take a look around to see if there are any signs of water damage or leaks. Even small water spots can point to leaks in your roof that can be aggravated and quickly made worse once a large amount of snow has settled on your roof. If you can't see any water spots, you should try turning the lights off to see if you can see any spots of sunlight shining through the roof. If you do find any evidence of an opening in your roof, you should contact a roofing professional right away to come and repair the damage.

Insulation

In a similar vein to the above point, you may want to add extra insulation to the floor of your attic. This can help keep your home warm, and prevent heat transfer through your roof, keeping your house warm and cutting down on your energy bills. This will also help prevent the buildup of ice dams, which occurs when hot air is trapped right underneath the roof and melts snow, which then runs down your roof and refreezes into a solid wall of ice that prevents proper drainage.

Attic Ventilation

You should also check your attic vents to ensure that they are clear of debris. This allows your attic to reach a temperature closer to that of the outside of your home, while the insulation on the floor of your attic will keep the rest of your house warm. This will prevent ice dams, and can also help reduce the risk of mold and mildew growth in the summer by providing proper ventilation to help eliminate moisture.

Clean the Gutters

You should clean your gutters out before the first snow hits, as they provide the primary method for water to drain off of your roof once the temperature finally ticks above freezing again. In order to proactively prevent the amount of debris that ends up in your gutters, you should also look into trimming back any trees which overhang your roof.

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How's the roof on your home looking? The roofing on your home should look nice and it should keep out any rain or snow. When your roofing begins to fail, you will find the sandy particles in your gutters and possibly on the ground below. There are several signs that will alert you to the need of a roofing replacement. Our blog will show you what signs to be aware of so that you can quickly identify the problems before they spread from the outside of your home to the inside of it causing far more damage.

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