How To Protect Your Roof This Winter
Tuesday Jan 31st, 2023
Now that winter has finally arrived, knowing what to look for to ensure that your roof is in good shape can save you thousands of dollars in the long run.
Inspect your roof after heavy winds, strong rains or large snow falls:
- Remove any snow & ice build up
Depending on where you live and the type of buildup there is you might want to hire a professional. Flat roofs are especially susceptible to snow accumulation damage.
- Keep the gutters clean
The gutters collect and channel runoff so that it drains away from the foundation of your home.
- Replace broken or missing shingles
Shingles create a moisture barrier for your home. Water damage is expensive to repair and is often hard to spot indoors before significant damage has already been done.
- Check for cracks or leaks in the roof
A leak is often the result of underlying issues, dealing with it early on can save you thousands of dollars.
Attic insulation & ventilation play vital roles in keeping your home protected from the weather.
Having a professional inspect your attic and advise you on whether your insulation & ventilation are doing the job could save you money in the long run, both in the winter and summer.
Ideally you should add a roof inspection to your fall maintenance routine. If your roof is older than 5 years it is recommended that you have it inspected by a professional.
Making sure your home is well maintained both inside and out not only gives you peace of mind, it can save you money, especially in the long run.
This information should not be relied on as legal advice, financial advice, or a definitive statement of the law in any jurisdiction. For such advice, please consult your own legal counsel or financial representative.