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Roof Inspection: Preparing Your Roof for the Fall & Winter

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The fall and winter months are quickly approaching. This makes it more important now than ever before to be proactive in preparing your home and your roof for the harsh winter weather ahead. Like other parts of your home, the roof needs to be maintained. 

It is important that you check various components on your roof to ensure everything is in good working order while moving ahead. A roof inspection can help to determine if there are any problems that need to be addressed. 

Steps for Preparing Your Roof

Making sure that your roof is in good shape while heading into the fall and winter months can help you prevent the need for costly repairs should a problem arise. There are several steps that you need to take to ensure that your roof can withstand the rough weather conditions that sweep across Montgomery, IL, each year.

Clean and Remove All Debris

Throughout the year, your roof will continually accumulate dust, dirt, and other debris. These can pile up on various areas of your roof and cause serious problems. It is common to see twigs, leaves, seeds, grass, and branches pile up along the grooves of the roof and near the chimney during your roof inspection. These accumulations can cause moisture to build up and strain the roof. It can also cause mold and algae to grow on the surface, which can result in rotting. 

Removing all of these potential problems is crucial before the winter weather comes. As part of your roof inspection process, climb onto your roof with a ladder and use a broom or air blower to remove all of the build-up debris. You want your roof to be completely cleared off when entering the fall and winter months to ensure no additional weight is affecting its performance.

Check and Clear Your Gutters

In addition to clearing the roof off, you need to make sure that your gutters are clear and functioning properly. Leaves are known to accumulate in gutters, which can lead to severe clogs that prevent water from leaving the surface of your roof. This can result in pooling or puddling, which can penetrate through your roof and cause severe damage. It can also result in additional weight dragging your gutters down. This can result in your gutters being ripped away from your home or cracked. Your gutters could pull away from your house and eventually tear off completely, which can be a very costly situation to address.

You should climb onto your roof and check your gutters during your roof inspection process. Remove any dirt or debris that you see. Run water through your gutters to ensure the system is functioning properly. While running water through the gutters, be sure to check for any cracks or leaks. Additionally, check to make sure that your gutters are firmly attached to your home during your roof inspection. It is important to ensure your gutters are properly secured and clear once the snow starts to fall down.

Ensure Proper Airflow in Your Attic

Having proper airflow throughout your attic space plays a critical role in keeping your home at a comfortable temperature. When the attic space is not properly ventilated, it can lead to excess moisture building up on your roof. This can severely weaken the integrity of your roof and lead to it collapsing. 

In addition, inadequate ventilation in your attic can lead to warm air leaking out of your home instead of remaining inside during the colder months. This can make it difficult for you to remain comfortable inside your home. It can also cause your energy bill to spike. 

You can address this potential issue during your roof inspection by checking out the insulation. If you notice any missing or damaged sections, you will want to replace them as soon as possible. Any sight of moisture or mold could indicate that your roof has a leak and needs to be repaired immediately. Damaged insulation can look frayed or crumble, indicating that you need to replace it in the problem areas to ensure adequate ventilation. 

Remove All Overhanging Branches

Overhanging branches can cause severe damage to your roof. Montgomery, IL, is notorious for seeing high winds during the fall and winter months. This makes it critical to prevent any damage to your roof ahead of time, if possible. Removing the overhanging branches can eliminate the chances of them falling onto your roof and causing severe damage. 

In addition to protecting your roof from damage caused by any broken or falling branches, it can also help to ensure the leaves from nearby trees and branches do not pile up on your roof and in your gutters. A roof inspection can help you identify any potential issues so that you can remove the branches before they become a major problem.

Taking your time to address all of these potential problems before heavy winds, cold temperatures, and storms pass through the area can save you from needing costly repairs in the future. 

Schedule a Roof Inspection Today!

Scheduling a roof inspection is a critical step when it comes to ensuring that your roof will hold up this winter. An inspection can help to identify any problem areas. Having a professional inspection can help you determine what steps are needed to address the problem moving forward. 

If you are interested in scheduling a roof inspection to make sure your home is ready for the fall and winter weather ahead, contact our professionals at Amenity Roofing by calling (630) 636-9954. Our team can come out to your home and perform an inspection to make sure your roof is clean and ready to take on what Mother Nature has to throw at it. 

If you are in need of any repairs, our team will provide you with a free estimate and back any work that we perform with a Lifetime Workmanship Warranty, so you can rest assured knowing that we stand behind the quality of our work. Contact our team now to get started.


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