Cold winter elements can leave their mark on your home's roof. Fortunately, summer and spring are optimal times for preparing your roof for the winter. As a homeowner, there are several critical steps you can take to prepare your roof for the winter months.
Repair Any Leaks | Keep an eye out for water spots on your ceiling that indicate a leak in your roof. These spots can get worse throughout the winter months, so it’s important to take the time to repair any areas of damage before the snow falls.
Inspect Your Attic | Taking a look through your attic is a good way to find out if there are any potential issues with your roof. Mold and rotting insulation may indicate some repairs are in order.
Clean Your Gutters | Clogged gutters can be a nightmare once the temperature drops and ice dams begin to form. Make sure you take the time to clean your gutters once in the spring and again in the fall to ensure all leaves and debris are clear from the system. Clogged gutters struggle to escort the water away from the home, which allows heavy icicles to form along the roof and damage your home.
Keep an Eye Out For Broken Shingles | Missing and cracked shingles make your roof extremely susceptible to roof damage during the winter months. Replacing damaged shingles can help your roof take on the winter elements more efficiently. For professional shingle replacement services, contact our team of professionals at Intelligent Design Corp.
Replace Broken Sealant | Take a look at the sealant around the base of chimneys, antennas, and other installations on your roof. Cracked and worn-down sealants can create leaks and other issues, especially during the winter months. Be sure to fill any spots of damage along these areas.
Inspect the Flashing | From the ground, it can be difficult to see if your flashing is cracking and failing. Because damaged flashing can result in roof leaks, it’s important to take note when your roof’s flashing is appearing worn down. Before the winter elements hit, take a moment to get a close inspection of your roof’s flashing to make sure there are no signs of damage.
Taking the time to inspect your roof in the time before winter is critical for the wellbeing of your home. Harsh winter elements can be tough on your home’s exterior, so it’s important to take the necessary steps to prepare your home for winter. For professional residential roofing services, contact Intelligent Design Corp today. Our team of qualified roofing contractors are happy to help you prepare for the long winter season.