A Roof Over Your Head

Posted by Professional Realty on Sunday, October 25th, 2015 at 10:07am.    1054 Views

Preparing Your Roof for Winter

winterize roof, preparing a roof for winter, roof maintenanceWinter is coming. Is your home ready? Preparation and basic maintenance is the best prevention for any major home issue. So when gearing up for winter storms, start with an inspection - a task diligent homeowners carry out throughout the year.

Keep in mind, if you're thinking of selling a home, one of the big items for buyers is going to be the condition of the roof. For buyers, you're going to want to make sure your new home's roof is up to snuff and well maintained. A sound, healthy roof is key to protecting the overall health of a home.

Buyer or seller, you may want to take a look at some other home improvement projects from simply DIY projects to those that require professional work.

 Look now, before the storms, for shrinking and curling shingles. Clean gutters and downspouts, checking for areas where water can pool up around the roof or foundation, causing often expensive damage. Survey the inside of the home as well, looking for signs of roof or other leakage.

Ideally all repairs and upgrades should be made before the first set of heavy storms. If all looks good, trim back any trees or branches that could fall on the home. In some areas, leaning or unhealthy trees may need to be removed all together. Once the big branches are gone, clear all debris from the roof. This may need to be done a few times throughout the winter, as leaves hold moisture which can lead to mold or rot.


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