With winter feeling like a lifetime away, many homeowners put off finalizing their home maintenance projects in order to settle into a lawn chair in the back yard for a few beers and some bbq ribs. Don't let your guard down because winter is coming and your best defense against ice, sleet, snow, and hail is your roof. Is yours up for the challenge?
Old man winter has many faces which is why it's important to make sure you roof is maintained and winterized before the snow flies. Upper Midwest winters can prove to be especially hard on a home - frozen plumbing, iced windows, and wrecked landscaping are among the various challenges Midwest homeowners have to face. My friends at Twelve Oaks Roofing in South Lyon, Michigan have these tips to keep your roof in tip-top shame this winter:
- Fix any cracks in your roof, including missing shingles. Even small cracks can be an even greater hazard during the winter.
- Waterproof all leaks. During the winter, due to snow and ice melting, a small leak can last for days. What may seem like just a small brown spot on the ceiling may actually be just the tip of the iceberg. Any type of moisture can cause compromise the structural integrity of your home.
- If you're noticing that you have to crank the heat higher and higher each year, it's probably time for siding improvements. This may mean new insulation and new siding altogether.
Changes in weather such as extreme cold or heat can compromise your roof and raise your heating and cooling costs. A reputable roofing contractors is qualified and experienced at giving recommendations relative to ventilation, roof snow de-icing kits as well as other upgrades such as skylight installation or repair. All of these services save you money in the long run while preserving the life of your roof.