Now that the temperatures are dropping and the leaves are changing color, it’s time to prepare for winter. To prepare for a cold season, you can:
- Switch out your bathing suits, shorts, and t-shirts for sweaters and warm layers.
- Put away the sandals and pull out the snow boots.
- Make sure your snow blower and snow shovels are in good shape and easily accessible.
- Check the batteries on your carbon monoxide alarms and smoke detectors.
- Disconnect and drain garden hoses.
- Wrap exposed pipes.
- Service your hot water heater.
- Service your heating system.
- Take your car in for a tune-up.
- Prepare your roof for winter.
Many of these tasks are relatively straightforward. However, you are not alone if you are wondering how to prepare your roof for winter. This guide explains several key winter roof preparation ideas and tips.
Before we get to the winter roof preparation tips, let’s talk about why it is important to prepare your roof for winter. Your roof protects your family and possessions and keeps you warm and dry. Furthermore, your roof protects the structural elements of your house. When you take good care of your roof, you are also maintaining the rafters, beams, walls, and foundation of your home. Preparing your roof for winter is just as important as preventative doctor visits. So, let’s begin.
Scan the Roofline
The first thing you need to do is look at the roof. Study the roofline and slopes from multiple angles. Check to see if all the lines are straight. A dipping, curving, or sagging roofline needs to be investigated. While it may not be cause for immediate concern, it may indicate a framing issue or a degraded roof deck. If you notice any curvature in your roofline, call a professional and schedule an inspection.
Inspect the Flashing
Flashing is the metal strips that seal intersecting parts of your roof. For example, flashing is commonly found around chimneys. When inspecting the flashing, you need to ensure the seal is tight and sound. Look for signs that the flashing is loose or damaged. Check the caulk and make sure it is in good shape. Leaks are common with flashing and often mistaken for more structural roof leaks. Thankfully flashing is reasonably easy to repair.
Check the Attic
Inspect and Trim Trees
Clear Away Debris
Clean the Gutters
Get Your Roof Inspected by a Professional
Remodel if Necessary
If roof issues plague you, you may need to remodel. Elevation, exposure, and inclement weather can take a toll on roofs, particularly if they have design flaws. To withstand the elements and last as long as possible, roofs need to meet several crucial design considerations. The slope of the roof needs to allow water and snow to run off adequately. The roof needs sturdy, well-built rafters. Finally, the roof itself needs to be made of quality materials.
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