This winter, the harsh elements are coming your way. The first step to protecting your assets is from the top down. You need to invest in a good roof for your property that will keep it secure and sound during these challenging times of snow and ice. Overall, if you are looking to prepare your home for sale, StagedHomes.com has an extensive list of professionals who can help. This blog post will cover how to protect your home’s exterior this winter with some quick tips and tricks on how to do so.
Check for Loose Roofing
During winter, checking your roof, you need to make sure that the shingles are properly attached. Ensure there are no missing shingles or areas where water can drip into your attic. Don’t forget the valley and cap tiles, these are oftentimes forgotten, but are very important too. Look for any cracks or damaged areas in your roofing and replace or fix them as well.
Examine Your Gutters
If you have gutters, check to make sure that they are not overflowing with leaves and debris. Overflowing water will eventually cause rusting, which will loosen up roofing nails and could cause leaks. Get your gutters cleaned out to avoid any water damage that could occur during winter.
Don’t Forget About the Roof Edge
Check your roof’s edge for ice dams. Ice can build up at the edge of your roof, which is called ice damming. The problem with ice dams is that they create leaks due to melting and refreezing ice. Ice dams can damage shingles, roof vents, gutters, and fascia boards. Ice dams are often caused by poor attic insulation, so you need to remedy that problem before continuing with this one. The best way to solve an ice dam issue is to install special ridge tiles or shingles along the roof’s edge designed for this very problem.
Prepare for Cold Weather
If you live in a cold-weather state, make sure you prepare your home for the harsh winter conditions. Have your heating system serviced and inspected before the first snowflake falls. Make sure that all of your pipes are insulated well enough to prevent them from freezing. Most importantly, make sure that you have someone who can provide emergency heating system service in case anything goes wrong.
Protecting your assets from the elements this winter should be a top priority. Not only can it keep you safe and sound, but it could also save you thousands of dollars in damages if something goes wrong. If you follow these few easy steps, then you will be able to protect your home and enjoy the winter weather that much more.
Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Rachelle recommends finding a roofing company when it’s time to inspect and replace or repair your roof. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook: @RachelleWilber; https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009221637700
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