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Winterizing Your Residential Roof

Impending chilly, wet, and maybe some snowy or icy weather is on it’s way this winter. Now is the time to winterize your home.  Your winterization plan should begin with your roofing system.  Your roof protects everything you have inside and needs to be checked and properly covered from Jack Frost’s alternate weather plans.

Here are a few tips to ensure a safe and energy saving winter season.

  1. Make Necessary Repairs

Your roof will be exploited by harsh winter elements.  Shingles or tiles, depending on what type of roof you have, that are loose or damaged need to be replaced. If you should have missing shingles or tiles, make sure you replace them as well. 

2) Cutback Tree Limbs

Under the pressure of high winds or the weight of snow and ice, even healthy tree limbs can come crashing down on your roof. Make sure to cutback any tree limbs that may compromise the stability your roofing system. This will save any costly emergency repairs and prevent water damage.

3) Roof and Gutter Cleaning

Before each winter season, your roof and gutters should be cleaned.  Your gutters play an important role in the integrity of your roofing system. If they are clogged or rusted, water will infiltrate your wood causing it to rot and damage your yard and the foundation of your home. Also, check your downspouts are not clogged and are in good working condition.  If you roof has algae growing, it can permeate under your shingles. In freezing temperatures, algae can expand and expose your roofing system to the winter elements. 

 4) Check Attic Insulation

Take a look in your attic to see if your insulation is in good shape.  Your insulation is your homes blanket, and reduces heat loss providing a barrier between the inside of your home and different temperature outside. Be sure to remove insulation that is damp or moldy. Make sure insulation covers the eaves but not the vents, which would block ventilation. If you use loose fill insulation in your attic, make sure that it is evenly distributed.

Adding insulation, when needed, is a simple way to save energy, improve your comfort and actually help protect your roofing system. 

5) Professional Roof Inspection

Schedule a professional roof inspection if you haven’t had one in recent years. Do not attempt to do yourself. Walking on roofs is dangerous business.  Having a professional inspect your roof will help your roofing system last longer and improve the efficiency of your home.

To learn more about winterizing your home, or if you need roofing services for your Georgia home, contact the trusted professionals at Prodigy Roofing today!

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