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5 Tips on Winterizing Your Roof

Posted: 18 Feb, 2015 by:

In our never-ending quest to avert the need for water damage repair in Greenville, SC, we want to focus on winterizing your roof as we head into spring. If you think it’s too early to start planning, think again. If you’re going to get substantial work done on your roof before next winter, start planning now and schedule it as soon as possible. Many roofers are booking into the fall already and you may have to act quickly to get work done before next winter. Here are some tips to consider.

As the weather clears, it’s a great time to inspect your home because you can jump on any new damage you find. The easiest place to start, of course, is inside. Look for stains and drips that might signal a leaking roof. Look outside for dislodged bricks or siding. As you check the roof, look carefully around any penetrations such as skylights, pitch pockets, vent pipes, etc.

Remove any loose material that’s on the roof. This will make it easier to see the repairs that are needed.

Clean out the gutters. Clogged gutters can add strain to your roof.

Test out any HVAC or other systems that have components on the rooftop. Make sure the equipment is not rusting and is secured to the roof. Check any flashings surrounding the machinery.

If you have to clean snow and ice from the roof, follow sensible safety precautions. Don’t do it in the dark. Aim to do it around midday when it’s warmest. And work with a buddy. It’s terribly important to have help if you need it.

Lastly, as with so many maintenance issues, the sooner you get a roof fixed the smaller the costs will be. Water damage repair in Greenville, SC occurs with alarming frequency, and those who wait longest spend the most.

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