If you’re from Texas then you know just how unpredictable our weather can be. One minute it’s a cool 67 and the next the whole city is shut down due to an ice storm. It’s important to prepare your family for winter with things like proper clothing and safe driving tips but it’s equally important to also prepare your home. Strong wind, ice dams and snow accumulation can cause major damage, by preparing for these things you can help to ensure that a minor problem doesn’t become an larger, more expensive issue.
Here is a list of things you can do to extend the life of your home by preparing your roof for the worst.
1) Clear the Gutters:
This may seem like a no brainer but you would be surprised as to how many people leave it to nature to clear them. Cluttered gutters can form ice dams, which are formed by the build up of ice or snow on the eaves of your home causing water to get inside. Run a hose in the gutter and downspouts to flush out the accumulated debris of the previous season.
*Quick tip* Check for shingle debris (tiny granules) while cleaning the gutters, if you find them this means your shingles are ready to be replaced.
2) Cut or Remove any over Hanging Branches or Obstructions
Be sure to trim back tall trees or protruding branches annually to protect the roof not just from a limb’s unexpected fall, but also from leaves and debris that can pile up in those gutters we mentioned before.
3) Sweep your chimney and check for cracks or broken parts
The air in your home is constantly moving, if your chimney is blocked or dirty, the air can’t flow out properly causing possible home fires. Not sure how to clean it? Call a professional like JNT Construction or click here for more information.
4) Prepare your windows
If you had screens on your windows during the summer, replace them with your storm windows. Wash those and all other windows while the weather is still warm enough to use a garden hose. Store the old screens in a safe place to prevent any damage.
Additionally, if the gaps between siding and window or doorframes are bigger than the width of a nickel, you need to reapply exterior caulk.
We know this is the busiest time of the year so if you’re stuck on finding the time to prepare, give us a call today for a free inspection.
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