Winter is right around the corner, which means it is almost time to get the fireplaces warmed up and start spending more time indoors to stay warm. It also means that it may be time to winterize your roof in preparation for winter.

Check the Roof

Start your preventative maintenance by first making sure your roof is in good shape. Look for any red flags such as stains, leaks, warped wood, mold, rot, loose shingles, missing sections of roofing, or any other warning signs.

Gutters

Run some hose water through your gutters to make sure they are properly carrying water away from your foundation. Look for cracks, holes, and debris and make repairs as soon as possible. 

Overhanging Limbs

If any tree limbs or branches are hanging over or brushing against the roof of your home, trim them before the start of winter. It is also a good idea to get rid of any dead trees. This will keep your home protected from falling limbs or trees.

Check the Attic

Adequate ventilation is absolutely necessary for proper roof function. It also lets fresh air in, which pushes the stale, moist air out. If the ventilation in your attic is not adequate, you may experience mold, mildew, or rust. Proper ventilation, as well as insulation, will help prevent this from happening.

Caulking

If the caulking has become wrinkled, crinkled, or cracked, replace it immediately.

Flashings

When the flashing is loose, water has the capability to pass through the roof’s structure. Secure any loose flashing and replace any that show signs of leakage or damage. Look closely to areas around plumbing vents, chimneys, and other roof projections.

Chimney

Not only should you winterize your roof, but your chimney should be inspected and cleaned at least once a year to ensure proper function and to prevent fires. 

Snow Guards

Snow guards allow snow and ice to drop off in small amounts or melt completely before dropping to the ground, prevent sudden releases of snow and ice from the roof. Sudden releases of snow and ice can cause damage to gutters, plumbing vents, lower roof areas, and even people. 

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