Winters in Michigan can be unpredictable, so it’s vital to get your home prepared so your family stays safe and comfortable, and you avoid unnecessarily high energy bills. Taking the following smart steps now can also help limit the damaging effects of snow, ice, freezing rain, bitter winds and thermal shock from temperature fluctuations, so you avoid costly home repairs when spring arrives.

Make Sure Your Gutters are in Good Repair

Your gutters perform the important task of redirecting rain and snowmelt safely away from your roof and foundation. This is especially important during the winter when repeated freeze/thaw cycles often occur. You can avert overflows that lead to decayed fascia, water backups that damage the shingles and roof decking, and leaks into your attic and exterior walls by having your gutters professionally inspected. Then, get any needed repairs made, have gutter guards added to keep out leaves and debris, or get a new system installed if necessary.

Have Your Roof Inspected

If you haven’t had your roof inspected recently, there may be deterioration up there that can worsen significantly over the winter months and leave you facing costly interior repairs. Getting the roof inspected by a knowledgeable local contractor now gives you an opportunity to have any trouble spots repaired before the snow flies. A pro will give your roof a thorough assessment to check for issues like:

  • Damaged/missing edge or valley flashing.
  • Damaged boots and seals around skylights, plumbing stacks, and the chimney.
  • Curled, lifted or broken shingles.
  • Bare patches without granules.
  • Sags or dips in the decking.

Check Ventilation and Attic Insulation to Prevent Ice Dams

The right amount of attic insulation and ventilation benefits you by keeping the space close to the outdoor temperature. When it’s warm in the attic, snow can melt up near the roof peak and run down to the eaves.
Here, it refreezes and forms an ice dam, which can cause additional runoff to back up and ruin the shingles or leak into the attic/exterior walls. Your roofing pro can assess the attic and advise you if you need to upgrade to:

  • One square foot of vent space per 150 square feet of attic floor space.
  • A total of R-49 to R-60 of properly-installed insulation on the attic floor.

To schedule an inspection of your roof, attic or gutters to prepare your Ann Arbor-area home for winter, contact us at Victors Roofing.