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 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.