No matter where you live the seasonal climate changes can take a toll on your home. During the spring you are inundated with storms and wet weather while summer offers us lots of humidity and steamy temperatures. Fall is beautiful with perfect temperatures and then comes winter. Here in the north winter is full of bizarre weather trends. You can have one day with a foot of snow, the next brings in an ice storm and the week could end with sunny temperatures. You can see how these drastic changes in the weather can make it difficult to maintain the integrity of your homes roofing.
It is crucial that you prepare your home ahead of time. Simple maintenance can help to ensure your home is well prepared for the winter. It can help ensure that your home and roof are not damaged during the winter season.
Winter weather is often a combination between rain, ice and snow. In order to prevent your homes roof from leaking it is important to make sure that the roof is in tip top shape. If your roofs condition is good it is far less likely to develop a leak. As the end of fall approaches take time to inspect your roofs condition. Grab a ladder and head out onto the roof. Clear away extra debris and fallen leaves. Check for cracked and missing shingles. Inspect your shingles to see if they are rotting or missing large chunks of asphalt and grit. These old, withered shingles should be replaced. If you are not comfortable doing this yourself hire a roofing contractor. They are equipped with the right tools to inspect and repair any damage seen on your homes roof.
Fall and spring are the two seasons in which it is really important to inspect your homes gutters. Gutters only work as intended if they are clear of debris. If the gutters empty out close to your home you will need to dig trenches using plastic drains and pea gravel and elongate the area in which the drain. It is important that the gutters so not empty close to your home as that often leads to leaks within your homes basement through cracks in the foundation. Gutters must be cleaned out often. Water must freely flow through them to prevent damage.
Other maintenance tips to keep your home running efficiently throughout the winter season is to check for cracks in the weather stripping around the doors and windows of your home. Repairing even the smallest cracks will improve the homes efficiency. This helps keep your homes heating and cooling systems functioning properly as well.