With cold weather fast approaching, there's a few things you need to do to prepare your home!
Getting your home ready for colder weather isn't difficult but does require a bit of preparation. Like all other parts of your home your roof needs regular inspections and maintenance to make sure that it can withstand the rough weather during cold months and operate at optimal performance. Here's a few quick tips to help you prepare your home for colder weather.
Clean Debris Off Of Your Roof-
Your roof accumulates dirt, dust, and debris throughout the year. The types of debris include seeds, grass, twigs, leaves and small branches from tress. If left on top of the roof during fall and winter season, this debris will start collecting moisture and over time, will put your house at risk for mold and algae growth and rotting. To clean up the debris, safely use a ladder to climb up the roof and use a broom or an air blower. Or call a trusted roofing company to come out and do it for you.
2. Clean Gutters-
Leaves typically accumulate in gutters which can clog the most vital path for your roof to safely drain. Neglecting to remove leaves in the gutter before fall and winter seasons could cause clogs in the downspouts, which eventually causes the rainwater to overflow your roof and allow water under shingles causing moisture damage. The extra weight from the wet leaves could also cause damage to the gutters by bending them. Take extra time cleaning out the gutters of your roof as leaves tend to stick more in the corners and crevices.
3. Check for attic airflow-
Proper ventilation in the attic plays a crucial role in keeping your roof in its utmost condition. A poorly ventilated attic could shorten the life of the roof as the effect is essentially cooking your roof from the inside and outside. Check your attic insulation and replace or add extra insulation if it looks crumbly or frayed. If you see bald patches, make sure to cover them up and install new insulation.
4. Trim trees close to home-
Make sure that any branches overhanging your roof have been removed, especially if your house is surrounded by trees or has trees nearby. During fall, the leaves from the branches may start falling off to the roof and accumulates, causing damages to the gutters and the roof itself.
5. Have Mills Roofing come out to inspect your home-
Mills Roofing will come out and give your roof a free inspection! This will help determine whether or not your roof needs to be repaired or replaced before the upcoming winter months.
Mills Roofing also offers a Facelift Subscription. This is a quarterly subscription package that ensures your peace of mind and can prolong the life of your roof by having one of our roof technicians perform an evaluation and basic maintenance of your roof. If you'd like more info on our Facelift Subscription you can check it out on our website or give us a call!