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Winter is coming, as all those “Game of Thrones” fanatics keep telling us. What does this mean for your roof? It’s time to prepare for potentially severe winter weather with a couple of key steps. Don’t be caught with a roof that creates problems during colder months of the year. Procrastination will (frost) bite you in the rear end later.
Here are five ways to make sure your roof is ready for the cold winter months ahead:
Inspect your roof thoroughly for damage - and fix it.
When was the last time you inspected your roof for things like loose or missing shingles or leaks? If it’s been a while, make it a priority to do so right way -- before winter’s worst weather sets in. Small leaks and weak spots can make your roof more vulnerable to the snow and ice. Even leaks that seem insignificant can cause rotting wood, mold and other issues. If you find a problem you cannot fix yourself, calling a professional is well worth it.
Insulate your attic.
What’s protecting the inside of your house from the snow and ice accumulating on your roof during a winter storm? If your roof is flat on top, or you haven’t checked the amount of insulation, then you might be surprised at how little separates your family from the elements. Properly insulating your attic and the areas above ceilings can keep the house toastier as well as your roof. A warmer roof means less accumulation -- and fewer problems later.
Make sure nearby trees and other roof hazards are in check.
Ice and snow can pile up on loose tree branches and eventually end up on your roof. Make sure that you trim back trees well before winter weather sets in to prevent this from happening. Cleaning your gutters, too, will keep water from collecting and freezing.
Know your tools.
Spray-on chemicals meant to “melt” wintery accumulation are not your best bet for ridding the roof of snow and ice. Instead, try preparing ahead of time to protect your roof and your home.
Snow guard - If your roof is sloped, a snow guard can help snow and ice collect in one place until it changes into water. Sliding snow can not only cause injuries to family members in the location but also damage shingles. Invest in snow guards to prevent this.
Gutter guards - A gutter guard is just how it sounds -- it covers your rain gutters so that debris does not collect inside of them. Clean your gutters thoroughly, and then implement a guard to keep them clear.
Call professionals when necessary.
Whether you’ve encountered an issue with your roof that you don’t feel capable to tackle alone, or you’re just not much of a climber, there’s a lot to be said for calling in the professionals. Damage to the roof, serious leaks, bald patches and other matters need to be fixed before the next blizzard, and calling in someone who knows best, like Total Roofing Company, can mean the difference between keeping your home cozy this season and feeling left out in the cold.
For more information on how Total Roofing Company can help prepare your roof for the winter, visit totalroofingco.com or call 719-591-4947.
This article was produced for and sponsored by Total Roofing, Colorado Springs, Colorado. It is not a product of or affiliated with KOAA.