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Winter is coming!

Updated: Aug 2, 2022


Winter is fast approaching! Now is the time to winterize your home!

Your roof provides a fundamental line of defense between your family and any harsh weather. It’s essential to keep it in good condition all year and especially before winter arrives.

There are specific steps you can take to winterize your roof and help protect your home through the cold months of the year.

  1. Get a close look at your roof.

Some damage can be visible from the ground BUT it’s still important to have a professional licensed & insured roofer come out to inspect your roof. The roofer will be able to see if there’s any minor damage or weak spots on your roof. If so they’ll need to be prepared before the winter months.

  1. Look for visible damage to your roof.

From loose or missing shingles to stains or rot.. obvious damage is a BIG deal! You won’t be able to see this from the ground. You will need to hire a professional licensed & insured roofer to come out and inspect your roof. If major damage is seen you will need to have your roof replaced as soon as possible before the winter months.

  1. Check your gutters.

Lot’s of people typically check their gutters in the spring and fall but it’s also highly important tp check your gutters before the first snow fall. If you don’t melting snow won’t drain properly and the blocked up gutters will cause damage to your roof.

  1. Check for any branches or tree limbs hanging above your roof.

Snow is heavy, when it falls on tree branches it could cause them to break off onto your roof. These branches should be trimmed well ahead of the first snow fall to prevent any damage from happening to your roof.

  1. Check for damage from pests.

Weather is not the only thing that can damage your roof. Pest can be a big problem too! Whether damage comes from insects, birds, or even small rodents. Checking for evidence of pest caused damage is very important.

  1. Check your attic.

Your attic is another area that should be checked before winter. It’s important to make sure that your attic has proper ventilation. If not, the attic can develop mold, mildew and other nasty problems. This damage begins inside your home and can be harmful not only to your health but to house itself.

  1. Check caulking and flashings.

Caulk that is wrinkled or missing needs to be replaced. Loose or missing flashings should also be replaced. This helps ensure that your roof is doing exactly what it’s supposed to do all winter long.

  1. Check for inside damage.

Check your ceilings for any sign of water damage. Water stains on the ceiling can indicate that your roof is leaking. A roofer expert can determine where a leak is based on the water stains on your ceiling.

Once you’ve gone through all of these steps call a roofing expert such as Mills Roofing to set up your FREE estimate! Mills Roofing does both shingle & metal roofs, gutters & siding on both residential and commercial buildings!

Call today @ 540-371-6187

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