Winter has arrived, and in Illinois, we can always expect blustering winters. That’s why it can be so important to winterize your roof and prepare for the extreme weather. But to some homeowners, the idea of winterizing a roof is a new concept. What does it mean? Why do you need to winterize your roof? How do you winterize your roof? In today’s blog, we’ll break down winterizing and why it’s important.
What Is It To Winterize Your Roof?
Winterize is something of a funny word, but it’s a serious matter. Your roof needs different types of maintenance throughout the year, such as raking out the roof gutters in spring and fall and checking the shingles for damage after a storm. Winterizing a roof refers to the maintenance that needs to be done to fortify the roof for the winter.
Why Winterize Your Roof?
One of the main reasons to winterize your roof is your own home comfort. After all, your roof impacts the way it feels in your home. If cold air and water leaks are getting into the attic, those will spread throughout the house. It’s also important when it comes to the energy efficiency of your home. If your roof is better winterized, your heating won’t have to work so hard to keep your home comfortable. But best of all, winterizing your roof will extend the lifespan of your roof, so you can continue to enjoy it for years to come.
How To Winterize Your Roof
So we’ve established what it is to winterize your roof and why it’s so important. Now it’s just a matter of how to pull that off. Fortunately, it can be easy to winterize your roof if you know what to do. Follow these steps:
- Look for any visible damage (missing or damaged shingles, dents, water damage, mold or algae)
- Check and clean the roof gutters
- Trim back any tree branches that hang over the roof
- Watch out for pests, especially in the attic
- Check the attic for any potential damage
Need help to winterize your roof this year? Mainstream Home Improvements has you covered. We’re experts when it comes to the local climate and we can help you find the perfect roof and winterize it for the season to come. Contact Mainstream Home Improvements today for more information or a free estimate to get started.