Is Your Roof Ready For Winter?

Cold weather is just around the corner. Every day we inch closer and closer to winter. By now you may be digging out those winter clothes, ordering those winter tires, or scheduling vacations to your favorite ski spot. What you probably haven’t done yet is give your roofing system a thorough inspection. If your roof isn’t ready for winter, your wallet could feel a little light when the holidays come around. Let’s dive into a few things you should check on your roof before winter arrives.

 

1. Shingles

 

Shingles are designed to last for decades and are usually able to take a beating. As time goes on, your shingles will start to age and lose their ability to handle stronger weather.

Give your shingles a thorough inspection. If you notice any cracked or broken shingles, it’s time to make a repair. If you find that most of your shingles are damaged, it may be time for a new roof. Broken shingles are often a sign of a much larger problem.

 

 

2. Drooping

 

There shouldn’t be any sagging or drooping in your roof. If you notice either of these, check your roof and attic for moisture. Improper ventilation systems can cause heat and moisture to build over time. Heat and moisture can have a dramatic effect on your energy bill and on your health. If you notice drooping, give your attic a thorough inspection!

 

 

3. Unwanted House Guests

 

There shouldn’t be anything growing on your roof. We’re sure there are people out there that admire the look of moss growing on their roof, but it can be a sign of a serious problem.

 

 

4. Suspicious Smells

 

Check your attic for suspicious smells. If it smells off, look around for mold or moisture build-up. Your roof may have a leak that you didn’t know about. If you have a leak, and enough time has passed, your insulation system may be compromised. This brings us to our next and final point. 

 

5. Insulation 

 

If you identified a leak in your roof you need to give your insulation a check. Insulation can absorb moisture and lose its ability to perform. Yes, you guessed it, this will also have an effect on your wallet. If your insulation is incapable of doing its job, your energy bill will pay the price.

 

 

If you notice any of these signs, give our team a call and we’ll come out and conduct a FREE inspection. Stay warm, folks!