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Preparing your Roof for Winter

Once the kids are back to school consider what has to be done to prepare your home for the cold weather. One of the most important aspects of your property during the winter months is your roof. A roof inspection every fall can help address issues that could pose problems once the snow begins to fall. Here is how a roof inspection can prepare your roof for winter:

Check for Proper Insulation

The insulation in your home is there to offer a barrier between the heated and/or cooled areas of your home and the outside temperatures. Without proper insulation you can run into a number of issues including a loss of heat in the winter, condensation issues, and even water damage resulting from condensation. An inspection will take a look at your attic and look for issues with insulation between your roof and the interior of your home.

Check for Any Leaks

During the winter month’s roofs can leak in a number of areas. The most common include those around flashing. A roof inspection will check flashing to make sure you will not be at risk for water seepage throughout the winter. This will prove to be an easy and inexpensive fix compared to the damage caused during a major winter storm. A common issue for flat roofs are leaks at drain locations. A roof inspection will identify issues such as clogs due to debris and clear the area to avoid backups and issues with ice.

Check for Missing Shingles

During the summer and fall season you can experience winds that are high enough to blow shingles right off your roof. If these missing shingles are not replaced before the snow starts to fall you can be faced with both leaks and insulation issues that can lead to some serious damage throughout the winter. Having missing shingles replaced will maintain the integrity of your roof all winter long.

The beginning of fall is the perfect time of year to arrange for your roof inspection. The weather is perfect for an easy walk around your home, as well as for an expert to get up and walk across your roof looking for issues. Taking care of things before the snow starts to fall will keep your home warm and dry all winter long.