Will Your Roof Survive the Winter?

With many climates experiencing record snowfall in recent years, it’s become especially important to make sure that your home is in good shape and ready to keep you sheltered from the elements. Some people think that they can wait until the winter weather arrives to ensure the integrity of their roofs. The best plan is to contact a professional roofing technician and set up an inspection before the snow begins to fall. Here is a look at roofing components to check before the snow hits:

Insulation

The insulation between the ceiling and the roof is responsible for containing heat within the house. Leaks will not only add to your utility bills, but can also cause the snow on your roof to turn into dangerous chunks of ice.

Outer Layers

Whether your roofing is composed of asphalt shingles, slate, tiles, metal, or wooden shakes, you need to be sure it is all intact and undamaged. Check the waterproffing underneath the outer layer and make all necessary repairs before winter hits!

Gutters

Proper drainage is important to keeping your roof safe. Without it, ice dams will form and put added stress on the rest of the structure. Make sure that you clean and inspect your gutters before they cause a problem.

HVAC Unit

Your home heating unit is vital to keeping the indoor climate comfortable. Ensure that the unit itself is protected and in good working order. Verify all pipes and ducts are secure and well insulated to prevent malfunctioning during cold winter nights.

Structure

The slope of your roof plays a big part in preventing excess snow build up. Obviously, if you live in a colder climate with high snowfall, you probably don’t have a flat roof. But even angled surfaces can collect snow over time. Check to make sure that your roof is not collecting too much snow throughout the season

Make sure your roof is prepared for the winter by giving Apex Exteriors, Inc. a call at (847) 531-8960. We are a full-service remodeling and restoration service operating in Wisconsin and Illinois.

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