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How to Get Your Gutters and Roofing Ready for Winter

Snowy Winter Roof and Gutters

Winter is almost here, and it’s important to make sure that your entire home is prepared and ready to handle the upcoming weather. You’ve checked your heating, and your pipes are no longer in danger of freezing, but have you checked your roof and gutters? Snow buildup can damage your roofing and gutters during the winter, meaning you’ll need to pay for gutter repairs in the spring if you’re not careful now. Here are a few steps to take to make sure your roof and gutters are set for the upcoming months.

Schedule an inspection

The first step to preparing your roof is to make sure you actually know what needs to be worked on. In normal circumstances, your roof should be inspected once or twice annually; try to schedule this maintenance before the first major signs of winter weather start up.

Replace any loose shingles

Before snow starts up, make sure you replace any shingles that might cause problems during the winter. Once the snow starts, you might have a harder time fixing these problem areas.

Protect your gutters

Clean out your gutters before winter hits; removing any debris or fallen leaves that have accumulated can ensure that they’ll be able to handle the extra weight of snow and ice. Install leaf guards if you can; this will make sure any straggling falling leaves won’t ruin your hard work.

Add extra insulation

Installing extra insulation in your attic can help protect your roof. The added warmth can prevent the formation of ice on your roof, which can damage shingles and reduce the lifespan of your roof.

The more work you do before the winter weather hits in full force, the less maintenance and repair you’ll need to do for your roof and gutters in the long-term. By staying prepared and keeping your roof updated and well-maintained, you can be confident that your home will last through the winter safely and securely.

Want to schedule a roof inspection before the rougher weather hits this year? Contact Roofworks to see what services are available for you to help you prepare for the winter.