Three Ways Roof Maintenance Can Protect Your Home this Winter
There are a lot of ways the elements can damage your home. The most damaging of all, however, is usually water. Whether it comes through your roof or through your foundation, water damage can very quickly cost you a lot of money. The late fall and through the winter is when this kind of damage is especially likely to happen. When it comes to keeping the water out of your home, your roof is the most important aspect of your home. It’s your home’s first line of defense. Here are three roof maintenance tasks that can protect your home from water damage this fall and winter.
Inspect and repair your roof
One of the leading causes of water damage inside the home is a leaky roof. Over time, the elements take a serious toll on your roof. Shingles can break, curl, or even blow away in a big storm. If your shingles or the under layer, called flashing, is compromised, water can get through. It’s a good idea to regularly inspect your roof for any signs of damage and have those problems fixed immediately before they become bigger problems. Many roofing companies will perform a roof inspection free of charge.
Clean out your rain gutters
You may be wondering what your rain gutters have to do with your roof, other than the fact that they’re attached to it. Your rain gutters actually do a lot to protect your roof, and your foundation, from water. Your rain gutter system gets water off of your roof and away from your home’s foundation. When your rain gutter system fails, water can pool up on your roof drastically shortening its lifespan. If your rain gutters are clogged, water can spill over the sides and damage your home’s foundation. In the winter, clogged rain gutters can lead to ice dams forming along the edges of your roof which can shorten its lifespan. It’s always a good idea to regularly clean out your rain gutters. Also make sure that they haven’t rusted or pulled loose from the side of your home. If your rain gutters are badly damaged, you may need to replace them completely.
Trim back overhanging trees
What do the trees in your yard have to do with roof maintenance? A lot, actually. Overhanging trees pose a serious threat to your roof and the rest of your home. The tree could come down during a big storm causing tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of damage. Even branches scraping along your roof on a windy day damages your roof and shortens its lifespan. If you haven’t trimmed back your trees in a while, have a professional tree trimming service come and remove any overhanging branches.
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