Is Your Roof Ready for Winter? 4 Steps to Prepare

Is Your Roof Ready for Winter? 4 Steps to Prepare
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    The warmer weather of summer is the perfect time to begin preparing one's roof for colder winter weather.

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With proper preparation, a roof will be able to withstand whatever winter throws its way and avoid further costs down the road. Read on for four ways homeowners should prepare their roofs for colder weather.

Ensure Proper Ventilation

The roof needs to be well ventilated when the winter arrives. During the months leading up to winter, it’s important to ensure there’s proper ventilation in and around the roof. Start with checking the ventilation in the attic to determine if the roof’s ventilation is effective.

While most homeowners don’t realize the connection between the attic and the roof, the two go hand in hand when it comes to proper ventilation. Without proper ventilation in the attic, the life of the roof will be shortened by several years.

Check for Proper Insulation

The roof also plays a significant role in keeping the rest of the home warm during the winter, as well as cutting back on the heating budget. Without the proper insulation, however, the roof won’t be as effective in warming the home as heat will escape through the roof. According to statistics, under-insulated homes waste 20% or more energy used to heat the home.

To improve insulation in the roof, it’s important to fill in any gaps found in the spaces between the attic and the roof. Homeowners can insulate the walls and their attic, ensuring their roof does nothing to compromise their efforts to heat their home.

Look for Damaged Shingles

Shingles can become damaged which will compromise the integrity of the roof. With a pair of binoculars, homeowners can determine if any of their shingles are missing, loose, cracking, or curling. These damaged shingles are an indication that homeowners need to install a new roof. With the help of professional roofers, one can prepare their homes for upcoming winter by replacing their roof.

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While some wait until after winter to replace their roof, this can lead to further damage inside the home by allowing leaks from snow and rain to seep into the underlying supports. As the shingles are just the outermost barrier, it is much cheaper to have these replaced now than to have the whole roof structure replaced later due to mold and rot.

Ensure Shingles are Waterproofed

Waterproofing is what allows roofs to keep out all precipitation. However, with the wear and tear of years of exposure to sun and the elements, shingles can lose their waterproofing. While homeowners may think to try DIY sealant to waterproof their roofs, it’s best to leave this job to the professionals.

While not all shingle types need to be replaced entirely in order to re-apply waterproofing, others may still need to be replaced. In these cases, it is best to consult with your preferred roofer to determine the best course of action in terms of replacing or waterproofing so you can have everything finished before winter hits.

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Protect against the threat of the winter’s worst weather. Whether it’s a leak, cracked shingles, faulty ventilation, or bad insulation, these things need to be taken care of before winter hits. By performing the above roof maintenance, every homeowner can prevent extensive damage to their home and more effectively heat its interior during the winter.

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