When it comes to winterizing your home, many homeowners fail to recognize the value of repairing or even replacing their roofs. Taking a good hard look at the condition of your roof may save you money and keep your family warmer and safer throughout the winter months and all year round.
The whole point of winterizing your roof is to make sure that your family is safe, warm, protected from danger and, of course, to save money.
There are just as many ways as there are reasons to repair your roof.
Cleaning out Your Gutters Saves You Money and Stress
You may associate cleaning out your gutters with being a nuisance or something trivial. However, cleaning out your gutters can save you time, stress, and money down the road. Cleaning out the debris such as leaves and twigs from your gutters keeps them running optimally well, which is important during the winter months.
During the winter months, rain and snow melt and drain down through your gutters. If your gutters are clogged with debris, snow and ice have nowhere to go. Heavy loads of snow and ice atop your roof can cause costly leaks and even more costly repairs. It is essential to get your gutters cleaned out before the winter sets in.
Flashing, Caulking, and Shingles
Take a look (or hire a professional to take a look) at your roof to see if the flashings are properly sealed. If flashings are not properly sealed, some serious leaking could occur. Once you have a leak in your roof, there are lots of ways that this can cost you money. Leaks can cause damage to walls, ceilings, and furniture, as well as belongings if they go undetected.
Replace any caulking and loose shingles for the same reason. A little prevention goes a long way in saving you money and hardship later on down the road.
Check Your Attic Insulation
If your attic is not properly insulated, and chances are it is not, then you risk losing precious heat from the top of your home. Keeping that heat that rises in your home to keep you safe and warm through the harsh winter is a wise choice.
By adding insulation to your attic roof, you gain extra-added warmth for you and your family, but you also save money. It makes sense that if you are allowing heat to escape from your attic through your roof, you are taking money and needlessly throwing it away.
Do not forget, the only thing separating you from snow, water, and ice is your roof. Securing your roof for the winter means that you secure your family, your home, and your wallet at the same time.