It’s October in Colorado, and that means that any day now, winter is going to knock on your front door. Winterizing your home is an important part of being a pro-active homeowner. Prepare your roof for winter with these five tips.
1.) Clean Gutters and Clear Debris
Leaves are falling. Twigs and larger branches are flying through the air. Before winter arrives, clean your gutters and clear excess debris from your roof.
If left to sit, gutters can become rusted, damaged, and even separate from your roof due to the extra weight. The same goes for debris piled up on your roof – when covered by snow or left to drag across your shingles and attic vents, debris can lead to serious issues.
2.) Check for Pest Damage
Animals love creating their winter homes in your gutters, vents, and around chimneys. Before the first snowfall, be sure to check for pests who have decided to call your roof “home.”
If you do find a critter, we recommend calling an animal control professional who can safely remove the nest for you.
Additionally, especially around your chimney, be sure to seal off any open areas – squirrels, birds, and mice love to make these sheltered spaces their own.
3.) Inspect your Attic
Have an attic? Many Colorado homeowners do!
Before heavy rain and dense snowfall, we highly recommend inspecting your attic. If you see any dark patches or water stains, call the Columbine Roofing team! We will come to do a roof repair and inspect your insulation’s integrity before winter arrives.
4.) Invest in Snow Guards
If you live along Colorado’s front range, you know how snowy our winters can be.
Colorado homeowners invest in snow guards if they live in especially snowy areas, like Longmont, Boulder, Morrison, and Evergreen. While snow guards are often thought to protect passersby (those on the sidewalk or in your driveway) they also act to evenly distribute weight across your roof; instead of it piling up and “avalanching,” snow guards act to remove snow in incremental amounts, safety.
5.) Get a Professional Roof Inspection
If you want to protect your investment, getting a professional roof inspection before the winter season is an excellent idea.
Columbine Roofing’s team of experts will inspect and evaluate your roof. If we see any necessary repairs, our team will make recommendations.
Colorado Homeowners: Are you Ready for Winter?
As homeowners ourselves, we understand how important it is to trust your roofing company. Columbine Roofing has a track record of putting our clients first.
Before winter arrives, we’re here for you.