With the chilly, wet and snowy weather just around the corner, it is the right time to take the steps on winterizing your roof and home. Any good home winterization plan should always include the roofing system.
Make sure to use these tips to help your roof. Also helping you stay more comfortable and save energy this winter season. Below is a little list to help you prepare for Winter in Lubbock Texas.
MAKE ROOF REPAIRS
The weak spots in your roofing system will be overburdened by the elements. You’ll want to repair any shingles that are loose or damaged. Also, be sure to replace any missing shingles. If you happen to have a tile roof, make sure to replace any cracked or broken tiles.
CUTBACK TREE LIMBS
Even the healthiest tree limbs can come crashing down on your roof in high winds or under the weight of snow and ice. You’ll want to cut back any tree limbs that may threaten your roofing system. By doing this you may save yourself an emergency repair and prevent water damage to your home. We recommend hiring a local tree trimming company. Safety first.
ROOF AND GUTTER CLEANING
You’ll want to make sure to clean your roof and gutters before each winter season. Algae growth on your roofing system can take root beneath the shingles. With freezing temperatures, the algae could expand and expose roofing materials to the elements.
Your gutters will also play a role in the integrity of your roofing system. Clogged and damaged gutters can allow water to penetrate the timber which could damage your yard and your home’s foundation. Make sure to repair any damaged sections of your gutters. Also, be sure to clean the gutters and downspouts before the first snowfall.
CHECK ATTIC INSULATION
Insulation is a blanket that will keep your home warmer during the winter, and even cooler during the summer. You’ll want to look in your attic to see if your insulation is in good shape.
You’ll want to remove any insulation that is damp or moldy. When checking your attic, you’ll also want to make sure insulation covers the eaves but not the vents, which will block ventilation. If you decide to use loose fill insulation in your attic, make sure that it is evenly distributed.
By adding insulation, when needed, it is a simple way to save energy and improve your comfort which in turn helps protect your roofing system.
PROFESSIONAL ROOF INSPECTION
If you happen to be a do it yourself type of homeowner, it may be very tempting to go on your roof to attempt some of these winterizing steps. A word of caution, don’t do it. Walking on a roof is dangerous. One misstep or stumble could be disastrous. Furthermore, deciding to walk on any roof should be held to a minimum. This task should only be performed by professionals to prevent damage to shingles or tiles.
Make sure to schedule a professional roof inspection with ABF Roofing & Foam if you haven’t had one in recent years. Doing this will help your roofing system last longer and which will improve the efficiency of your home.
To learn more about winterizing your home, or if you need roofing services for your Lubbock home, contact the trusted professionals at ABF Roofing & Foam today!