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Winterizing the Roof Checklist


November 19, 2018

The colder weather has crept in and winter will soon be in full swing.  As you prepare your plumbing, furnace and other important aspects of your home for the cold temperatures, don’t forget about your roof.  In fact, it should be a top priority.  Winter can do a number on your roof if you aren’t prepared for it.

Before the snow starts to pile up, take these precautions to ensure your roof is winterized. 

Inspect Your Roof

First you’ll want to make sure that your roof is in good condition. Look for issues such as missing or cracked shingles, damaged flashing, moss growth and clogged gutters. If you see any serious issues, contact a roofing contractor to get them fixed as soon as possible.

Cut Back Tree Limbs

Even healthy tree limbs can come crashing down on your roof in high winds or under the weight of snow and ice. Cutback any tree limbs that may threaten your roof and you may save yourself an emergency repair and prevent water damage to your home.

Clear Out Your Gutters

Your gutters play a vital role in the integrity of your roof and should be thoroughly cleaned before every winter season. Clogged, rusty and damaged gutters can let water penetrate the exterior walls and can even damage your home’s foundation. Repair any damaged sections of your gutters, and be sure to clean the gutters and downspouts before the first snowfall.

Check Your Insulation

Insulation is like a blanket that keeps your home warmer during the winter.  It can also affect the state of your roof. Before it gets too cold have a contractor check the insulation in your attic to make sure it is in good condition. The last thing you want is to deal with wet or moldy insulation underneath your roof.

Following the tips above will help your roofing system last longer and improve the efficiency of your home.  To learn more about winterizing your home or have a professional roof inspection before the snow falls, contact RSG Construction today!

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