Preparing your home for fall will help keep the cooler weather out and give you a head start on the winter months to come.
Fall begins in late September, however, in Michigan, temperatures begin to cool off earlier. One of the best ways to be prepared to keep your home warm is to make a checklist for fall that includes checking your roof and attic insulation. When you make a visual check of your insulation and roof at least once a year, you will help prevent small repairs from turning into larger ones.
It is important to check the insulation in your home. Insulation can be damaged by bugs or rodents. It can also be too thin and can deteriorate over time. If you have not upgraded your insulation, or you are not sure of the R-value, it may be time to have an experienced technician do an inspection to determine how insulated your roof is.
R-values are grades given to insulation based on its conductive heat flow. The higher the value the more effective the insulation is at keeping the heat in your home during colder weather. Colder climates have a recommended R-value of 38 to 60.
Checking the Roof from the Ground
You can do a simple inspection from the ground by walking around your home and taking note of anything that looks damaged or missing on your roof.
- Missing or damaged shingles
- Gutters pulled away from the home or damaged
- Clogged downspouts
- Large tree limbs that have fallen on the roof
- Trees that are too close to the home and may rub against the fascia or roof in the wind
- Discoloration of wood in the eves
- Standing water
Once you have checked your roof in the attic and from the ground if you have any concerns or notice any damage reach out to a professional roofing contractor like Victors Roofing. Their certified roofers will come out and do a free inspection. This will give you peace of mind. Plus, if there are any repairs that need to be made, they can set up a service plan to help keep your home safe from any further roof damage. Your certified roofer can also check the insulation and make sure it is going to work to keep the heat in your home this fall
The fall and winter months can take a heavy toll on your roof and gutters if you’re not prepared.
You might also have messy gutters to deal with when spring arrives. Windy fall storms can make minor roof damage worse and clog up your gutters with leaves, while winter weather can lead to ice dams. Find out how you can get the outside of your home ready for the upcoming seasons.
Install a New Gutter System
If your gutters are in bad shape, fall weather can make them even worse. Your gutters can end up being filled with debris, which means that rainwater can’t get through them. This increases the risk of water damage affect your home. Installing a new gutter system with a leaf guard helps ensure that water can flow away from your home exterior. The leaf guard also prevents leaves and other debris from filling up your gutters, so you won’t have to spend a lot of time cleaning them next spring.
Schedule a Roof Inspection for Ice Dams
Ice dams form when snow or ice melts too quickly on your roof and refreezes at the edge. This can cause ice blockages in your gutters that cause water to seep under your eaves and into your home. Have a professional roofing company inspect your roof and gutter system for areas where ice dams could form. If needed, you can have roof and soffit vents added or additional insulation placed in your attic to help keep your roof colder. This prevents snow and ice from melting too quickly.
Have Minor Roof Problems Repaired
Minor problems with your roof might not seem like a big deal, but they can become serious issues thanks to fall and winter weather. Storms can tear off loose roof tiles, leaving your home more vulnerable to water and wind damage. Gaps around vents and chimneys and damaged flashing can also let water in. You can prevent these problems by having roofing professionals in Canton check your roof for damage and perform any needed repairs now instead of later.
If you need help preparing your roof and gutters for fall and winter, contact Victors Roofing. We offer high-quality roofing services in the Canton area.