Prepare Your Roof for the Coming Winter

image 1It is never too early to start preparing your home for winter, especially after the kind of winters we’ve been experiencing in New England. Here are some helpful tips for preparing your roof to stand up to whatever Mother Nature throws at it this winter.

Insulate Your Attic

In the colder winter months, the inside of your home will be at a higher temperature than the outside air. Without proper attic insulation, the warm air being created in your home will escape through the attic and the roof. That escaping warm air can cause snow to melt at the top of your roof, which then freezes again when it reaches the cold outer edges of your home. This process leads to ice dams, which can cause serious damage to your roof and your gutters. To avoid ice dams, be sure to properly insulated your attic before the first snow fall.

Clean & Repair Your Gutters

The gutter system is the oh-so-vital means by which water drains from your roof and is safely channeled away from the house. If the gutters are blocked by dirt and debris or have been damaged, that water will build up along the edges of your roof. That water can cause costly damage to your roof, and potentially lead to leaks in your attic. It can also cause damage all the way down your home, causing cracks and leaks in your foundation. Cleaning your gutters now will ensure that melting snow will be directed down from your roof and safely away from your home.

Repair Any Damage to Your Roof

The Farmer’s Almanac is predicting another cold, stormy winter in New England. If your roof has been damaged in any way, it is vital to take care of it before the bad weather starts. Even small leaks and cracks can easily become major problems when heavy snow starts to pile up.

Get out ahead of Mother Nature this winter and turn to Hi-Tech for top quality roofing, roof repairs, and insulation in Massachusetts. Call us toll free at (800) 851-0900 to find out more or for a FREE estimate.

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