Colder weather is here, and while you prepared your plumbing and furnace for the colder temps, it’s vital that you don’t forget to winterize your roof. Even though Magee, MS, sees an average of one inch of snow annually, roof winterization should still be a priority; that’s why we’re providing a checklist.
Check Insulation and Ventilation
Proper heating and ventilation are essential for maintaining temperatures and indoor air quality inside the home, but it also helps to prevent roof damage. Proper ventilation allows moisture to escape, preventing mold and mildew growth, which also impacts indoor air quality and the health of those living in the home. Insulating your attic maximizes the longevity and durability of your roof system while preserving its structural integrity.
If you live in a home with an operational chimney, you know how important it is to perform regular maintenance. It’s vital to have it inspected and cleaned before you use it in the autumn and winter months. Cleaning and inspection will keep your home safer from chimney fires, prevent critters from calling your chimney home, and heat your home more efficiently.
Cleaning your gutters is another activity that helps keep your roof in good shape. If you have clogged or damaged gutters, water damages your home’s foundation and penetrates exterior walls. It can also lead to an ice dam if the winter weather is severe enough.
Cut Tree Limbs
While trees provide your home with shade and help keep your home cooler in the summer, some of the branches can pose a threat to your roof. If there are high winds or snow and ice, even healthy tree limbs can fall on your roof, resulting in the need for emergency repairs and allowing water into your home.
To ensure you have a roof that’s in good condition, you’ll need to inspect your roof to look for issues. You’ll want to look for cracked or missing shingles, moss growth, or clogged gutters. If you see a potential problem, you’ll want to contact a roofing contractor from Akurate Roofing to take a closer look. They’re better qualified to find soft spots, fix damaged flashing, and find other issues you may otherwise overlook.
Before snow and cold weather arrives, it’s essential to make sure your roof is safe for the entire winter. Following the tips above to winterize your roof will help your roof last longer. Contact our experts at Akurate Roofing by filling out our online form or calling us at (601) 695-6376.