Winter Roofing Tips To Keep Your Home Warm This Winter
Winter should be the coziest time of the year, but if you’re dealing with roofing issues, you may be left out in the cold! Roofing maintenance should always be a consideration no matter the season, but it’s especially important during the winter months. Ignoring your roof can lead to increased heating bills, water damage, and lasting problems that extend well into the new year. But don’t worry, the roofing specialists at Feazel are here to help! We’ve gathered some of the most important tips and tricks to keep your roof healthy and your home nice and warm throughout the coldest months. If you are looking to up the cozy factor in your home this winter and avoid winter roofing issues, check out our favorite tips below!
Check Your Roof For Ice Dams
This one sounds easy: Check for and remove ice dams. Ice dams in your gutters can cause you headaches this winter, so it’s best to keep a sharp eye out and be ready to deal with them. Ice dams prevent water flow and can cause leaks, water damage, and more. So don’t forget to deal with them before they get worse!
Check Your Insulation Before The Cold Sets In!
Is your attic properly insulated? If you’re not sure or don’t think so, now’s the time to check! Proper insulation can make a huge difference in the comfort level of your home. One of the best ways to tell is by looking at the snow on your roof. Wet and melting patches of snow may indicate a problem. A properly insulated attic will keep warm air from escaping, creating a level coating of snow. If the snow is uneven, there may be an issue.
Heavy snow can damage your roof, so during big storms, be sure to have it removed. While you can do it yourself, hiring a professional to remove it is safer – especially if you live in a home that is two stories. If you live in a one-story home, we suggest investing in a snow rake, your roof (and wallet) will thank you!
Let The Sun Shine!
If you are lucky enough to have a home with southern exposure, use it! On those days when the sun is out, open the blinds and curtains and let the sun warm your home. You’ll be amazed at how well it works! And on days when it’s not sunny, make those curtains do double duty by insulating you against cold air. You can also use sealants or draft dodgers to keep out cold air by doors and windows. But if you notice a lot of cold air coming in you might want to consider…
Replacing Your Aging Windows
One of the biggest ways you can increase the comfort of your home is to install new, more efficient replacement windows. If your windows are more than 20 years old, chances are they aren’t as efficient as they could be, meaning your home is colder in the winter and warmer in the summer – and it’s likely costing you money EVERY month in heating (and cooling bills). And yes, we CAN install new replacement windows in the winter.
Double-Check Your Furnace and Fireplace
If your home is colder than usual, there’s a chance your furnace isn’t working as efficiently as it could be! So if you feel like your home is always cold, have your furnace inspected. Also, check your filters to make sure they aren’t in need of replacement. Also, if you have a fireplace – use it! There’s nothing warmer (or cozier) than a fire.
Get Your Roof Inspected
The best maintenance is preventative maintenance. At Feazel, we offer free inspections to make sure that your roof is ready for the upcoming season. Whether you’re concerned that your roof won’t make it through the winter, or just can’t remember the last time your roof was inspected, our experts can help alleviate your concerns. Contact us to learn more about preparing your home for winter today!