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When it comes to the winter maintenance of your home, taking seasonal precautions are important as the changing temperatures in Houston can affect your roof and its functionality. So, now that we are the approaching the winter season, our team wants to share the maintenance tips that will help to protect your roof, especially with the freezing temperatures!
Perform Regular Roof Inspections
You should look for damage when the seasons change, or after any major storms. Watch out for signs of insect or animal activity, missing, damaged, or curled shingles. You should also keep an eye out for fungus or algae growth, as well as rust. Look for shingle pieces and/or granules on the ground after storms as well, and be sure to look in the attic for leaks.
Trim Your Trees
Tree limbs hanging down over your roof, or even on it, can be a serious hazard. Not only do they put you at risk for broken limbs falling on the roof, they can wear down and damage shingles. Tree limbs can also encourage squirrels and raccoons to gain access to your home. Keep in mind that they may be closer to your home than you think; tree limbs are often flexible and can swing several feet during a storm.
Remove Debris From Your Roof
Debris such as leaves, small limbs and sticks can damage your roof and encourage algae growth and even wood rot, so it's best to remove it. You may want to have your roof cleaned while you're having your trees trimmed, or just remember to do it each time you clean your gutters.
Inspect and Repair Seals, Joints and Flashing
These are the most frequent spots for leaks and should be regularly inspected for damage. Flashing covers entry points into your roof including the vents, exhaust pipe and chimney, and it's often a hot spot for leaks. Look for bending or even punctures, as well as dried out or loose sealant.
Repair Small Leaks Quickly
Roof leaks will always get worse, not better. Invest in a roof repair or replacement immediately if you have a leak before it becomes a bigger problem.
Pay Attention to Warning Signs
Don't ignore the sound of hail, rodents in your attic, leaks, or shingles on the ground. Roof repair, or replacements, may be expensive but typically, it only gets more expensive the longer you wait to fix it.
Clean Your Gutters
It's a chore no one wants to do, but cleaning your gutters and downspouts, particularly during heavy leaf seasons, will help you keep your roof healthy and allow moisture to clear from your roof. While you're up there, be sure to check for gaps in the seams and that the brackets are secure.
Do Not Allow Pests To Live in Your Roof
If you see signs of small animals, termites, or other pests, take steps to remove them immediately. They can cause serious damage to your roof as they chew and use materials to make their home, especially for their winter nesting.
Install Efficient Attic Insulation and Ventilation
The right insulation can stop your roof from warping, and it can also save your roof during a snow or ice storm. Insulation can prevent snow and ice from melting and then refreezing, potentially causing water damage to your roof.
Don't Make Walking on Your Roof a Habit
Sometimes, it is necessary to get on your roof, but you should avoid doing so whenever possible. It is easy to damage shingles or tiles just by walking on them.
Avoid Power Washing Your Roof
It's smart to remove debris and algae to keep your roof clean and in good working order, but power washing can damage your roof, possibly even removing parts of it that are undamaged.
Invest in Weather Stripping
Weather stripping is a good way to help seal warm air in and cold air out of your home. Weather stripping installs quickly around windows and doors and can help prevent air leaks. Before winter arrives, check the following parts of your home for leaks or drafts: windows, doors, vents and fans, plumbing areas, air conditioners, mail chutes and electrical and gas lines.
It is best to conduct roof inspections regularly, especially after major storms, so that your roof can function to its fullest come Houston's fluctuating temperatures. With winter upon our city of Houston, though we don't get snow (usually), sleet and ice can form on your roof, thus damaging your shingles. So, stay ahead of the game and avoid those costly damages in the long run! If you feel you need professional assistance in your roof inspections, or you are finding that your home has damages that could affect the functionality of your roof, contact our team today!