Is Your Roof Ready For Winter?

Now that the kids are back to school in Lynchburg and the fall weather on it’s way it’s time for to get a roof inspection and make sure your roof is ready for winter.  If your roof is not in good condition, the winter weather can wreak havoc on your home. Inside the Blue Ridge Mountains we often get high swirling winds, sleet, hail and other hazardous elements that can damage your roof and let water in to your home. Once this happens, your home could become an unhealthy breeding ground for toxic mold and mildew. Fall is the perfect time for shingle roof replacement or shingle repair, thanks to the cooler weather.

Have your roof examined by a qualified roofing contractor to determine the condition of your roof. That way you’ll have plenty of time to get your roof repaired, maintained and ready for winter. It can be one of the wisest home maintenance decisions you’ll make this year. You should check the following:

  • Look for any loose or missing shingles and replace them.

  • If you live in an area that gets the occasional hail storm, check your roof and gutters for dents and damage like small tears and holes. Contact your insurance company for assistance in replacing these damaged shingles.

  • Check the flashing around the chimneys or other roof projections, which prevents melting ice and snow (or rain) from getting into your home.

  • Add some extra insulation to your attic or upper crawlspace. This insulation will prevent the formation of ice dams on the roof.

  • Clean the leaves and debris out of your gutters; use a hose to rinse the gutters and send water through the downspouts. You might have to use a chimney or pipe-cleaning brush to further clear the downspouts. Rake up and remove any debris that you remove from the spouts or the gutters.

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