5 Steps to Help Prevent Winter Damage

Preventing roof damage to keep your family comfortable and secure all winter long is easier than it looks. Today’s homeowners do not even need to get on their roofs to take necessary precautions. Here are five timely tips to prevent roof damage as temperatures drop.

  1. Clean and Repair Your Gutters

First, the gutter and drain system along the edge of your roof helps collect water and deposit it away from your home’s foundation. Clogs lead to standing water in your gutters and on the top of your roof. When this happens, mildew and mold will not be far behind.

  1. Remove Debris from the Roof

Litter on the roof of your home is an accident waiting to happen. Even small objects tossed around by the wind can crack or dislodge shingles. Stacks of wet leaves can lead to mold. Errant nuts or berries entice pests. At the end of the fall season, it is important to clear the roof of potential problems.

  1. Treat Mildew and Mold

Have your shingles taken on a green, yellow, or black shine? You could have a moss, algae, mildew, or mold problem. These can damage your shingles and the sheathing underneath, as well as produce a nasty odor.

  1. Patch Broken or Missing Shingles

In addition, replacing broken or missing shingles prevents moisture from leaking into your attic and damaging the rest of your house. By the time you notice the signs from indoors, you might need several thousand dollars in repairs. Keep bills low with a thorough fall inspection and preventive maintenance.

  1. Reseal Around Piping, Skylights, and Other Fixtures

Every puncture made in your roof, whether to install a satellite or vent an appliance, introduces the potential for water to enter your home. There are several products capable of keeping moisture out. Depending on the materials you use, they might need regular touch-ups. Damaged flashing and other materials might require replacement. Fall is the right time to reseal these puncture points and keep water from seeping indoors and causing havoc.

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