With winter well under way, here at Chadwicks we think now is a good time to start thinking about tackling some maintenance projects around your home. One of the most important things you can do at this time of year is give your roof a bit of TLC.
Your roof is your home’s first line of defence against the outside elements, and now that winter has arrived, you don’t want to be stuck with a roof that doesn’t adequately keep your home warm and dry. Few things are worse than having a roof fail during the bitter cold of January, and no homeowner wants to face skyrocketing heating expenses as the result of heat loss through the roof.
To ensure that your roof will get you through the winter months warm and dry without costing you a fortune, keep these simple Winter Season roof maintenance tips in mind.
Have Your Roof Inspected
Ideally, you should have your roof inspected twice each year, or conduct your own inspection. However, if you opt for just an annual inspection, schedule it during the Autumn months. During the summer, the sun’s UV rays can cause considerable roof damage, as can heavy rains and winds that are common with summer storms.
If you’d prefer to inspect your own roof, you’ll need to carefully inspect the roof surface as well as any flashing, penetrations and adhesives. If you spot any debris, remove it promptly. Your inspection should also include a peek inside your attic. Watch out for water spots and signs of pests.
Take a few minutes to look above and around your roof as well. Do you have branches that hang over your roof? If so, trimming them now is recommended. Snow and ice can weigh down branches considerably, potentially causing them to fall on your roof. Even branches that are simply sagging and resting on your roof can cause damage and allow mold to grow.
Make Repairs Now
If your inspection turns up even the smallest problem with your roof, repair it now. A small puncture could turn into a major leak that will costs thousands to repair. Save yourself the hassle by addressing any issues now.
If your shingles are cracked, curling or missing, replace them to prevent moisture penetration. Flashing with gaps needs to be replaced as well, and if your roof has significant damage, you may want to consider replacing it entirely before the arrival of winter.
Don’t Ignore Your Gutters and Downspouts
Your home’s gutters and downspouts play a vital role. They are responsible for properly draining water from your roof and away from your home’s foundation. Gutters commonly become clogged by leaves in during the Autumn Season, and come Winter the clogged gutters simply are not capable of doing their job. After all the leaves have fallen, schedule an afternoon to throughout clean out your gutters and downspouts. While you’re removing debris, be on the lookout for other problems like cracks, sagging gutters or gutter clips that are loose or missing.
Once you’ve cleaned out your gutters, it’s a good idea to run water through them just to make sure it is flowing as it should. In addition to providing visual evidence that water is properly draining away from your home, doing so could also allow you to spot leaks that you may have otherwise missed.
As one of your home’s first defence against rain, snow and wind, your roof plays a vital role in protecting your family and safeguarding your possessions. Taking care of it is an important step in ensuring that it will not fail prematurely. Since winter is the hardest season for roofs, Winter Season roof maintenance is extremely important. A few preventative measures now could save you from a major disaster in the dead of winter. Take proper care of your roof, and it will take care of you and your family for years to come.