5 Easy Ways to Prep Your Roof for the Cold Weather
Now that autumn is leaving, and winter is on its way, it's important to think about your roof. With such a large investment, the last thing you want is to watch all of the work you put into it wash down the drain. You've already put a lot of love into your home, and now you need to make sure it's safe. Taking proper care of your roof during these cold months will ensure that you prolong its life and protect the investment you've made in its upkeep.
We know how difficult it can be to think about working on the roof at any time of year, let alone in the middle of winter. Use these tips now and prevent any damage caused by the cold weather to your roof.
Look for Damage or Signs of Wear
Take a walk around your home. If you have any areas that look worn or are broken, then take advantage of this milder weather to fix them before they become worse over the winter. It's important to note that damage is not always visible, so take some time to check your roof. Whether it's a regular walk-around or a full roof inspection, be sure to hire someone experienced. They can get up high and look for any seams that aren't quite closed all the way or shingles that are missing or curling.
Inspect Your Gutters
Gutters should not only look good but work well too! With winter comes ice, snow, and rain, so it's important to have your gutters in tip-top shape before these elements hit. Clear out anything that might be blocking the drain, and this could include leaves or trash. Keep them clean by hosing them down with water now and then. Otherwise, they won't work as well as you'd like.
Gather Your Roof Tools
The right tools for the job are important. So clean out your garage or head into your local hardware store to pick up anything you might need. You will likely want a shovel, ladder, and safety equipment, so you feel secure on the roof.
Drainage is Important
Water must flow away from your home so it doesn't cause any damage. If there are areas that tend to pool with water, then you could consider adding extra drainage. This might include popping up a few drain tiles or channeling your downpipes into rain gutters.
Caulk for Protection
When the weather gets cold and wet, it's vital that your roof is protected, so it doesn't take any damage. Adding some sealant to your roof will prevent water from seeping into your home, therefore reducing the risk of serious damage.
These easy steps will keep your roof safe and working as it should. You must get your roof inspected before winter arrives and cause more damage. Get them now while the weather is mild and prevent any problems later on. If you need any more advice or want to get us involved, please don't hesitate to contact ROOF TIGER on (309) 505-7627.
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