5 Tips for Winterizing and Taking Care of Your Roof

Despite the warmer temperatures that are still lurking in many cities around the country, fall and winter are coming. We never know exactly when the colder temperatures will arrive for good and every year, it seems to be a guessing game as to when the first flurries will go scurrying through the air.
Since we all know what is heading our way, we should all start preparing for those seasons now, while we don’t mind being outside enjoying the glorious shining sun!

Here are 5 tips for winterizing and taking care of your roof:

Inspect Your Roof

One of the best things that you can do for your roof is give it a thorough inspection. This involves checking for torn or missing shingles, holes, leaks, mold, rot, and stains. If you notice any of these problems, you will want to call a professional to either have repairs made or have a new roof put on.

Clean Your Gutters

Your gutters are just as important as your roof and if they are not cleaned out, you will end up with significant damage to your home. Leaves, small sticks, and other debris can get stuck in gutters and it will all prevent the water from flowing through. If the water cannot get through your gutters, it can spill over and leak through your roof and even your walls.

Remove Tree Limbs that Hang Over Your Home

All those tree limbs that hang over your home need to be removed before winter, so that storms do not cause them to break and land on your home. You may also want to look for dead branches, as they can cause even more problems.

Clean and Inspect Your Chimney

Before lighting your first fire for the season, we recommend that you make sure that your chimney is safe and creosote free. While most people have their chimneys cleaned during the spring, it is not too late to do it now. Regular cleanings will ensure that a chimney fire does not start, and you will catch any damage before it gets too bad.

Check for Critters

Small animals love to find warm places to stay during the winter months, but you probably do not want to play host to any of them. Therefore, we recommend that you check your chimney, gutters, and dryer vents to make sure no one has made a home in them. You will also want to make sure that there are no holes anywhere in your home that animals can sneak into, because if there are, you may walk into your basement to find a few new houseguests.
These are five of the more important things that you need to do to protect your roof and the rest of your home before winter arrives. If you are not sure what you are looking for, give a professional a call to help you out.

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