You may still have a while before Old Man Winter knocks on your door, but he’ll be here before you know it. Taking the time to winterize your home will ensure you’re safe and cozy all season long.
As you prepare your property for the upcoming chill, don’t overlook your roof. By adding your roof to your to-do list, you’ll spot any issues before they escalate into bigger problems. You’ll have time to find professional roof repair services that can get your roof ready for the season before the temperatures begin to dip too low.
If you aren’t sure where to start, follow this list to get you on your way.
1. Clean Out Your Eavestroughs
Your eavestroughs (also known as your gutters) drain water and melted snow off your roof and away from your property. They can collect leaves and other debris that may interfere with this important task. This gunk can also freeze during the winter and cause your eavestroughs to distend and snap, necessitating a replacement in your future.
To save yourself the stress and cost of replacing your gutters, clean your eavestroughs this fall before it gets too cold.
2. Remove Any Leaves, Branches, and Other Debris
Removing debris from your roof is another cleaning task to add to your fall to-do list. As the trees shed their leaves, your roof can wind up collecting piles of leaves and broken branches.
These piles can become waterlogged and increase the chances of a leak if you allow them to sit on your roof for too long.
3. Prune the Surrounding Trees
If trees surround your home, you’ll want to look for any branches that hang over your roof. Pruning these low-hanging limbs comes with two major benefits:
- Maintenance: Fewer branches over your home reduces how much debris might clog your eavestroughs.
- Protection: Winter storms can deliver strong winds or heavy snowfall, both of which can break off branches. Pruning them back will reduce the risk they damage your roof in the fall.
4. Examine Your Roofline for Disruptions
Perhaps the easiest step in your winterization process, this task involves looking at your roof for any obvious damages. You’ll want to keep an eye out for any new changes to the slope of your roof, like sagging or curving between frames, as this could indicate you have a leak.
You should also look at individual shingles to ensure they’re up for another winter. If any shingles are missing, curling, cracking, or show persistent stains, you may need to replace them before it gets too cold.
5. Book a Professional Roof Inspection
If you’re concerned about anything you see on your roof, it’s time to call in the professionals. Acting quickly before the winter arrives can ensure your roof is ready for another season of blustery winds, snow, and ice.
When it comes to repairing a damaged roof, leave it to an experienced professional. While it may be tempting to take on these repairs on your own, your roof doesn’t benefit from a DIY approach.
Roofing can be dangerous without the right tools or know-how. You can also bungle what would be an easy job for the professionals, causing even greater damage that needs to be repaired.
Winter will be here before you know it, so don’t delay — get started on this checklist sooner rather than later.
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