November is a busy time of year – you have to prep for holiday guests, plan Thanksgiving, start holiday shopping… the list could go on!
No wonder winter roof maintenance is the last thing on your mind!
Unfortunately, roof damage doesn’t hibernate in the winter – it gets worse. If summer storms hit your home, you could end up spending thousands on expensive roof repairs. Scheduling a winter roof inspection now will prevent those costly problems from spiraling out of control.
How else can you prep your roof for the colder months ahead? Here are our top tips!
Winter Roof Maintenance Tips
1. Check for Critters
Pests are one of the biggest roofing problems that homeowners face during the winter. Make sure to pest-proof your home and look for early warning signs that unwanted critters have moved in like
- Holes/damage in siding
- Gutter damage
- Noises in attic
2. Clean Your Gutters
Debris and build up in your gutters over the winter months can cause trouble for your home, especially when it comes to water damage. Make sure your home’s gutters are free of leaves and debris that are common in winter and fall!
3. Get an Inspection
Damaged flashing (metal pieces that bridge the gap between shingles and areas of your roof, like the chimney) and missing shingles are two of the most common types of winter roof damage homeowners will face. Getting a fall or pre-winter roof inspection will prevent these problems from turning into costly repairs!
4. Check Your Attic
Proper insulation and ventilation are critical to your roof’s health when the weather gets colder. These are two areas most homeowners don’t know a whole lot about – and that’s ok! It’s best to call for a professional roof inspection to make sure everything is in good working order.
Common signs that you might have a roof ventilation problem include:
- Condensation/moisture build-up in the attic
- Heating/cooling issues
- Super high temps in the attic
Don’t Want to Deal with Winter Roof Maintenance?
We’ve got you covered. The easiest (and least expensive!) way to keep your roof in tip-top shape and avoid problems is by scheduling a roof inspection at the first sign of damage OR every spring and fall.
If it’s been a while, reach out to our team today! Our roof inspections are fast, easy, and free. Click here to reach out to us online or give us a call at 888-418-APEX today and make sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more tips on taking care of your home.