Winterize Roof Checklist- DIY Roofing Checklist
With the unavoidable chilly, wet and snowy weather coming soon, it’s the right time to take the steps to winterize your home. Any home winterization plan should include the roof, gutters, insulation and preventative exterior maintenance. Use these tips to help your roof keep you more comfortable and save energy this winter season.
Weak spots in your roof will be exposed during the upcoming months. Repair shingles that are loose or damaged, and be sure to replace any missing shingles. If you have a tile roof, replace any cracked or broken tiles. The flashing around the chimney should be sealed and around the windows cracked caulk should be removed and replaced.
CUTBACK TREE LIMBS
Even healthy tree limbs can come roaring down on your roof in high winds or under the weight of snow and ice. Cutback any tree limbs that may threaten your roofing system, and you may must save yourself an emergency repair and prevent water damage to your home.
Most tree pruning should be done by a qualified professional tree service.
ROOF AND GUTTER CLEANING
Your roof and gutters should be cleaned before each winter season. Algae growth on your roof can take root beneath the shingles. In freezing temperatures, the algae may expand and expose roofing materials to the elements.
Your gutters are one of the most key features of your house. Clogged, rusty and damaged gutters allow water to penetrate timber and can even damage your yard and your home’s foundation. Repair any damaged sections of your gutters, and be sure to clean the gutters and downspouts before the first snowfall.
CHECK ATTIC INSULATION
Insulation is like a blanket that keeps your home warmer during the winter, and even cooler during the summer. Look in your attic to see if your insulation is in decent shape, and to measure if you have enough.
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.
If you are a do-it-yourself type of homeowner, it may be very tempting to go up on your roof to attempt some of these winterizing steps. A word of caution — don’t do it. Walking on a roof is dangerous. One misstep or stumble could be disastrous. Further, walking on any roof should be held to a minimum and only performed by professionals to prevent damage to shingles or tiles.
Schedule a professional roof inspection if you haven’t had one in recent years. You will help your roofing system last longer and improve the efficiency of your home.