One of the most important things to prepare for during the winter is to prepare your roof to be winter-ready. If the roof is in disrepair or needs maintenance, it is important to get on top of that as soon as possible, especially since a lot of heating from within the home can escape through the roof, costing quite a bit of money. It could also keep your home vulnerable to water damage from rain and melting snow if not properly water-sealed.
Not only that, but it is also a bit of an eyesore for you and your neighbours when your roof is not quite up to snuff in time for winter. Here are a few tips and tricks you may need to get your roof ready for winter:
1. Replace shingles and sealant
Weather can certainly take its toll on your roof, especially where shingles align with brickwork, chimneys, television antennae, edges and the area where it meets the gutters running along the sides of the house.
When you go up onto the roof for closer inspection, it is important to look at where shingles may have been worn down, what needs to be replaced, and if the sealant keeping the water from precipitation from leaking into the home. This might require the help of a contractor and their expert eye to make sure that there are no loose ends on that roof over your head.
2. Make sure your gutters are completely clear
Unsurprisingly, your gutter can accumulate a lot of leaves and debris over the course of the Fall season. This can weigh down the gutters and actually have them pop right off of their bearings depending on how long they are left up there full of wet leaves and twigs. Clearing it up should be a simple job unless you prefer to hire on the work of a contractor. It is a little bit of effort that can go a long way, especially since it beats having to completely replace the gutter lining the rooftop.
Make sure to clear out those downspouts as well. It is also not uncommon to find shingle debris in the downspouts, which is just excess material from shingles and not necessarily eroding shingles themselves.
3. Inspect your attic for damage and sufficient insulation
One of the most important steps to take to ensure that there is enough insulation coating the inner walls of the attic. The insulation you install should be made of either fiberglass, rock wool, or cellulose. If you plan to do it yourself, make sure you are coating the walls and ceiling with the insulation, lining the areas between the joists. For your own safety, you should not come into direct contact with the insulation as it contains fiberglass and other filaments which can irritate the skin.
Otherwise, you can have a roofing contractor work on it for you. There are a few things to look out for to avoid long-term damage such as ensuring that the vapor barrier is facing towards the living space instead of away from it (which will make sure that outdoor precipitory vapors do not leak in and cause rotting).