Your Guide to A Healthy
While winter can spell disaster for some roofs, if you get yours checked over well
in advance of the harshest weather conditions, you can keep it healthy for longer,
and avoid costly, inconvenient repairs or even a roof replacement.
With winter fast approaching, here are a few things to do to help your roof stay
healthy until the spring:
Check out the shingles
While you might not be able to conduct a thorough examination of the shingles
on your roof, you can at least check over the ones you can see from the ground,
or a ladder (if not safe to do so, please leave it to the professionals). Are any
shingles missing, is the roof ridge line sagging, or could any overhanging
branches have caused damage?
For the ultimate pre-winter check-up, do reach out to a local roofing firm and
have them carry out a more detailed inspection. Even if they find no issues, at
least you’ll have peace of mind.
Get your gutters clear
Drains blocked with leaves and other debris can be a nightmare during the
winter months when heavy snow and rain are typically expected. Water must be
able to flow freely through the gutters to prevent your home from becoming
damaged, and any water that gets stuck in the gutter, could freeze and lead to the
foundations of your home becoming flooded. So, always check your gutters
before winter strikes and unblock them if necessary.
Inspect your attic
A simple trip up into your attic can help you detect problems such as leaks and
structural damage, before they become bigger problems during the winter. Grab
a flashlight and look out for the following:
● Leaks – can you see any dripping water or water stains?
● Ventilation – ensure that your attic vents are clear of all debris so that
they can function effectively.
● Pests – you might not see the pests themselves – which can include rats,
bats and squirrels – but you might spot signs of their activity up there, such
as gnawed wood or insulation.
● Structural damage – if you spot any section of your roof sagg