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Recommendations To Get Your Home's Roof And Insulation Ready For Winter

by Ryan Wright

When winter arrives, it is essential that your home's exterior is prepared to protect your home interior and family. Keeping your roof, gutters, and attic insulation in proper condition and installed correct can make winter easier, as you won't have to worry about interior leaks, ice dams, and a drafty home. Here are some home maintenance recommendations to make sure your home is ready for winter.

Check Roof and Gutters

Before you get upon your roof to inspect it during dry weather, make sure you have a sturdy ladder and shoes with a good tread so you can safely access your rooftop. If you are not able to get upon your roof to inspect your roof and gutters, hire a roofing professional to check and inspect the area.

After safely accessing your roof, look for any damaged shingles or areas where your roof flashing is damaged. Areas of your shingles that are missing their protective granules can indicate damage from hail or age-related wear.

Inspect your roof gutters for any sagging sections or cracks in your gutters. While you are upon your roof, it is a good idea to clean out your gutters of debris and leaves, which can cause clogs and overflowing when they become too jammed.

Your gutters need to drain water down from the gutters and several feet away from your home's foundation. Install a downspout extender and place a splash block at the exit of your downspout. This ensures the rain runoff does not erode your soil and potentially lead to foundation moisture problems.

Check Attic Insulation and Ventilation

Climb safely into your home's attic to check its insulation is well-placed and not leaving any gaps around the attic's beams and rafters. Some types of older installed rolled insulation can become shifted around over time and leave gaps that allow drafts into your home during winter.

If your home is older or the insulation installation was performed many years ago, it is recommended to hire an insulation professional to check your insulation levels to make sure it is sufficient to keep your home warm during the winter. Your insulation professional will check the R-value of your insulation specific to your area and climate. For example, in colder climates you will need a higher R-value with your attic insulation. Warmer and more mild climates will need less insulation with lower R-values.

Your roof should also have appropriate ventilation to keep its interior cool in winter, which prevents ice dam formation on your roof. Vents in your roof, under the eaves, and in the soffits will keep the attic cool, which keeps your roof cool.