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HOW TO PREPARE YOUR ROOF FOR WINTER AND AVOID REPAIRS
If your goal is to save money and need few repairs after winter and summer, then the right preparation is not an option but an obligation. You should never forget that hot weather can cause severe damage to you shingles just like the winter can. The truth is that in the winter there is a lot more water and wind so it is even worse. If you want your roof to reach the maximum of its age, then you always need to prepare it for warm and freezing days. It is a good idea to keep in mind the fact that roof is exposed 24/7 which makes it fragile and vulnerable at times. It is even worse now that the climate is generally changing and we have lost normal four seasons. Winters have become unbearably cold and summers are boiling hot. If you go through a whole year with only some roof repairs needed then it is a successful year. If that is what you are aiming for, then follow our advice on how to secure and prepare your roof for both winter and summer. During the winter days there is a lot that one roof can suffer from. Poor weather conditions put a huge amount of strain and stress on your roof. Sometimes winds can be so high-speed that they rip off shingles and even big panels in few minutes. There is also debris and ice which can get caught in gutters and clog it. When rain falls, it can’t drain through the gutter and it will get under the roof and inside your house. The problems mentioned above can become a big financial burden as well as structural (since you will have to replace your roof). If you want to avoid all that mess and avoid constant repairs, then you should maintain your roof and inspect it a few times a year. We find inspection to be the key and the optimal time when you should inspect your roof is the fall. Search for any cracks, holes, scratches, missing and broken shingles that need to be repaired before the winter hits. Never forget to clean your gutters and properly seal your valleys because those are the areas of the roof that keep your house safe from water. We promise and guarantee you that proper maintenance, as well as often inspection, will fit into your daily schedule and still do a lot for your roof. Here are the most important things to look out for before the winter comes knocking on your doors.
- Always clear gutter of any debris and excess leaves that get caught in it.
- Pay special attention to the surface of the roof. If there are missing shingles, tiles or shakes, they need to be replaced as soon as possible.
- Our advice is to remove dead branches and leaves that may fall from the trees above your roof.
- Flashing that is not properly sealed will let the water come through and be a cause of a major leak. You should make sure that objects that are pushed through the surface of a roof are properly sealed and secure.