Winterizing Your Home
As the cool autumn air descends upon us, it should come as a small reminder to make sure your home and it’s roof are ready for winter weather conditions. This process is known as “winterizing".
Prepare your Roof:
Inspect the roof
The most detrimental issue your roof can face is water intrusion and Winter is a prime time for rainfall. With a thorough inspection, you can catch damaged areas before water has the chance to find a way in. Preventative maintenance will save you money in the long run and provide you with peace of mind as Winter rolls on.
Clear your Gutters & Downspouts
Clogged gutters and downspouts can create a real mess for your home, especially if you have a flat roof. When debris clogs drains, scuppers, gutters and downspouts, the water has no other option that to back up onto the roof, the longer water sits on your roof, the more inevitable a leak becomes. If you have a flat roof, this is reffered to as ponding, and ponding = leaks. Ponding introduces another major issue, water is heavy and adding extra weight to the structure of your home is highly dangerous, putting the roof at risk of collapse.
If your roof is pitched, water-logged gutters can spill into and under the roofing materials, leading to leaks. No matter what type of roof you have, your drainage system needs to be clear and capable of whisking water away from your roof.
Trim your trees
Trim away any low hanging or dead branches from trees near your home. These branches can snap off and be blown onto your roof causing serious damage and make an opening for water to seep in. Trimming them back will also cut off critter access to the roof, deterring them from using your roof and gutter as a shelter. Tree maintenance will prevent leaves and tree debris from clogging your drainage system, keeping it working fluidly.
Check your chimney
At the same time of your roof inspection, request they also check your chimney area for any signs of damage at the flashing, stack and cap. If weak areas are found or you just need peace of mind, contact your local chimney
mason and get those repairs taken care of right away and have your flue cleaned at the same time.
Prepare your home:
Doors & Windows
If you live in an area that sees snow, be sure to prepare your home for the freezing temperatures it will endure. Examine the doors and windows of your home for any gaps warm air can escape from. If there is a draft, apply weatherstripping to ensure your home remains cozy. Do the same for windows by caulking any drafty areas or by upgrading to a more energy efficient double-paned option.
Check your heating system
Because winter can become so bitter, your heater will ultimately become a necessity. Take time to change the air filter in your furnace and make sure it is functioning properly and efficiently. If you are noticing any issues, be sure to have a professional come out and make any necessary repairs.
Have a professional inspect your home
A home inspection can be a huge help before winter arrives. A good inspector will make sure to check that you have adequate insulation, that your plumbing is adequately protected and ready for the freezing temperatures (burst pipes are a real headache). They can make sure your homes wiring is up to safety standards and that your home is ready to face anything winter can throw at it.
Your homes insulation will deteriorate over time, fall is a perfect time to add a little more material into your attic, crawl spaces and “false” basement ceilings to ensure your home is adequately insulated. Adding heavier rugs and drapes can add another layer of insulation to your home. By switching from lighter summer drapes and rugs to heavier winter ones, you can help keep your home a little more cozy and help lower your energy bill.
When it comes to preparedness, theres no such things as “too soon.” Your home and it’s roof need each other to function properly to ensure the integrity of both. By being proactive and setting aside time to winterize your home, your home will thank you in kind, and protect everything you love within. If you’re in need of a roof inspection, be sure to call the experts at C&J Roofing Co. Inc. We’ll make sure your roof is ready for whatever winter can muster, providing the peace of mind you and your family deserve.