November came fast. We can't believe it's almost 2017. Winter will be here before you know it and when it comes to your home, our Indianapolis roofing experts recommend being prepared. This means that any maintenance you need to do on your roof should be done before the cold sets in to strengthen your roof and help prevent winter weather-related damage.
- SHINGLES: If you have cracked, broken, or missing shingles it can leave your roof exposed to elements. Damaged shingles are no match for snow, rain, sleet, and hail. If water gets into the cracks of a shingle and freezes, it can make the cracks even worse. Not to mention if you're missing shingles water could seep into your roof and compromise its strength.
- GUTTERS: During the winter, gutters can also pose a threat to your roofing and interior. If your gutters are damaged melted snow and ice won't be able to drain properly. This trapped water can back up into your home and cause water damage. This is why it's important to make sure your gutter system is always clean. Check your system on a regular basis especially after the fall season when leaves tend to accumulate and cause potential backups.
- FLASHING If the flashing around your roof or chimney is separated, damaged, or broken, you could already be letting water seep in underneath it. Once winter comes, that water could freeze and make your flashing situation even worse. Have one of our Indianapolis roofing experts inspect it and fix where necessary. You'll have a strong, reliable seal for protection during the winter.
- INSULATION: It is important that you have enough insulation before winter hits. If you can see your ceiling joists above the insulation, you need more. Proper ceiling and attic insulation can reduce heating costs by 5-25 percent. This will increase your energy efficiency during winter months and save you money next summer.
- MOLD/MILDEW: When an area is constantly moist and dark, it can lead to the growth of mold and mildew. This goes for your roofing as well. If your shingles are loose or cracked, they could be trapping water underneath them and mold or mildew could be growing. While these fungi tend to grow better in warmer temperatures, trapping water underneath your shingles during the winter gives them a head start for growth once spring rolls around. If you let mold or mildew grow too long it can compromise your roof's sturdiness. It can even cause health problems for those who live under it.
Preparing your home for the winter months give your home and your family stronger protection against bad weather,and cold temperatures. Call Cochran Exteriors today. We'll come inspect your home and make any necessary repairs to have it in tip top shape for the winter.
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