Three Ways To Winterize Your Roof

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There is no better time to put some attention towards your roof than right before winter. The harsh winter weather can really put a beating on your roof throughout the season. The moment your roof starts to leak, you may be faced with cold air coming into your home, water that floods and damages your home, and a roof that completely gives out. When this happens, you could end up having to pay to replace your entire roof. On average, you can expect to pay between $7,850 to $11,000 for a basic single story hip and gable roof. To avoid these costs, you can go ahead and winterize your roof ahead of time by doing the following:

Check Your Attic

Your attic is a great place to start your interior inspection of your roof. This is one of the first places you may find signs that your roof is breaking down. When you do go into your attic, you want to look for any mold or warping of the wood. This is often a sign of moisture getting into the interior of the home. You also want to check for holes or staining that may be occurring on the ceiling of the attic. If your attic is unsafe or you are not sure what to look for, you can always call on a roofing expert to come out and inspect both the interior and exterior of the roof. You can expect to pay about $488 to $746 for a roof inspection.

Trim Back the Landscaping

Tree branches can be very dangerous for your home, especially your roof. During the winter, heavy rain, ice, and snow can put added pressure on the tree branches. Additionally, branches tend to die more in the winter than in the spring or summer. Before winter hits, you want to make sure you trim back any branches that could pose a problem to your roof. On average, you can expect to pay anywhere from $200 to $1000 to have your branches trimmed back. 

Insulate Your Attic

The last thing you want to do in the winter is walk into your home and get no relief from the cold air. When your attic is not properly insulated, you could end up losing all your hot air and allowing all the cold air into your home. Additionally, heat that escapes from your roof is susceptible to causing icicles and ice dams that could clog up your gutters and put added pressure on your roof.  To prevent this, you want to make sure insulate your attic properly. Spray foam insulation is great for closing up any gaps or holes that allows warm air to escape. 

For more information, contact a business such as Independent Roofing Inc.

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