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Heavy rain, hail, and snow are all severe weather conditions that could affect your home in the next few months. Before any winter storm hits, it’s important to prepare your roof for any possible winter weather damage.
Here are a few simple maintenance maneuvers you can do all on your own to prevent leaks, debris, and other such inconveniences from bogging you down during the winter season.
How do you know if you have a leak in your roof? Water spots on your ceiling and walls are a good sign there’s a problem. The most common leak-prone areas are where water can finagle its way inside your home. Missing shingles, loose vents and poorly sealed flashing, for example, all present potential problems, so scout these areas of your roof first.
Even small leaks can lead to big problems if not taken care of, so if you don’t want mold or rotted insulation in your home, act on the warning signs at first sight. It is possible to perform some simple shingle and flashing replacements yourself, but it’s important to note that you should never put yourself in danger just to save a few bucks. If conditions aren’t ideal and you don’t have a full grasp of the situation at hand, hire a professional.
“No house is the same! Each home is handled differently and that is why we value coming to the home, getting on the roof and evaluating your home specifically!”
The first big winds and rains tend to rustle remaining leaves and tree debris loose, where they invariably will find their way onto your roof and inside your gutters. Clogged gutters and downspouts are disasters waiting to happen, so be sure to give all that rainwater a safe and unobstructed place to go – preferably three or more feet away from your home’s foundation. Many homeowners can safely take a look at their own gutters to see if a cleaning is required, but if the home is multiple stories or you don’t feel comfortable on a ladder, it is best to contact a pro for assistance. After dealing with the hassle of gutter cleaning, many homeowners opt to install Gutter Guards. Gutter Guards allow water to flow freely through the gutters, while preventing leaves and debris from entering.
Let’s face it, there’s only so much you can do to prep your roof from the elements. If a problem arises that you can’t effectively fix, save time and headaches by calling in the pros. Trained eyes can often spot problems more easily, and these problems can often be fixed on the spot. It’s easy to find someone you can trust that’s also verified by others.