Winters have already set in and it’s about time that as a homeowner you make sure that your roof is all prepped for the winter season. There are a couple of tasks that you need to do, here is the checklist for winterizing your roof.
Inspect the roof
Begin with inspecting your roof. Once the snowfall or rain starts pouring down, even the smallest of defect or issue could turn into a big problem. Look out for punctures or splits as they are the main reason for leaks. Also, check for uplifts that can be caused due to strong winds, however, it depends upon the area you are living.
Make repairs or get the replacement done
When you find an abnormality in your roof, you will have to choose whether repair or replacement. For instance, a missing shingle you will need a replacement, or if there is a loose shingle then you need to repair it. In case you have a tile roof, you will have to replace broken or cracked tiles.
Clean the roof and gutter
The roof and gutter should be cleaned before the winter season. Algae growth can happen beneath the shingles on your roof and in extremely cold temperatures, algae may increase and expose the roofing material, therefore, ensure that you clear all the debris from the roof to avoid moisture to set in.
Similarly, cleaning gutters is also important. Gutters play a vital role in the integrity of the overall roofing system. Damaged, clogged, and rusty gutters allow water to seep in the walls and can damage your house’s foundation. Make sure that you repair the damaged sections of the gutters and clean the downspouts too.
Check attic insulation
Insulation protects your home in all seasons, in winters it keeps your house warmer, and in summers it helps in keeping it cooler. Make sure that your attic insulation is in good shape, mold or damp insulation should be removed. Ensure that insulation does not cover the vents which could block the ventilation. By adding insulation when needed is an easy way to save energy and will also help in improving your roofing system.
Professional Roof Inspection
It is very tempting and pocket-friendly to attempt the steps of winterizing your roof on your own. However, it may not be safe to walk on the roof and do a self-inspection as one wrong step can cause disaster. It is always advisable to call professional roofers who have all the equipments and gear to inspect the roof.
The best way to ensure that you have winterized your roof is to have it inspected before the snowfall. Professional roofers from Allegiant Roofing can come to your home or office space and inspect the roof and attic for any damage such as missing shingles, leaks, wood rotting, etc.
Schedule a professional roofing inspection if you haven’t had one recently. Our roofing experts have all COVID-19 safety protocols in place so you can be rest assured.