Getting your home ready for the fall and winter seasons doesn’t just mean pulling the heavy clothes and blankets out of storage bins. There are also a few things you should take care of outside, particularly on the roof, before the warm weather rolls out for good. To make sure that your roof survives the winter intact and keeps you and your family safe and dry, you’ll need to do a few basic maintenance steps before the first snow of the season.
Step one is to clean the gutters.
Any debris that collected throughout the summer should be removed before the fall and winter. If you have lots of trees near your house, you should clean the gutters once more after the leaves have fallen before the first snow hits.
Clogged gutters can prevent the drainage systems on your roof from working properly, which can lead to water damage, rot and hefty repair costs, especially when you’re dealing with snow and freezing rain. Snow that remains on your roof for a long time can do significant damage to the structure of your home if your gutters aren’t allowing the snow to melt and drain off properly.
While you’re up there clearing out the gutters, if you see spots that need attention, make repairs. It’s better to make small repairs now rather than wait for serious damage after harsh weather that could end up costing a lot more money.
Make sure that your attic is properly ventilated.
If you’re unsure of this, the experts and Deegan Roofing can help you out. If your attic isn’t ventilated properly, hot air can become trapped up there, which will cause snow at the top of your roof to melt faster than the snow at the edges of your roof and create ice dams. This can cause serious water and structural damage to the edges of your roof, plus, you’ll end up paying more on energy bills for your home.
Deegan Roofing does it all, so if you’re not sure where to start to prep your roof for the winter months, check out a list of our services, or contact us today to make an appointment. the summer will be behind us before we know it, so don’t wait!