With the fluctuating winter weather, it is important to take a few hours and do an exterior inspection of your home.
At times the weather can greatly affect the state of your home. During the winter seasons, you can carry out several preventative measures to your home’s exterior from the worst that winter has to offer. You should inspect your roofing, rain gutters, and exterior siding. This will ensure that your house is in good condition for the year to come.
During harsh winters, rain gutters will get damaged if not properly maintained. Cleaning out the downspouts and gutters will let the melting ice and snow flow through your gutter, efficiently preventing overflows. Overflows are known to damage wood siding and decks or cause undue water to accumulate around foundations.
We recommend water testing your downspouts to ensure that they are efficiently draining. Unclear downspouts will cause your clean gutters to clog up quickly. If you own a metal roof, ensure its gutter is properly fastened to protect against ice sheets and snow, so your gutter does not tear away from your home. Leaf protection and gutter guards can shield your gutter against snow damage by keeping them clean. Cement, Wood fibre, and composite sidings are susceptible to warping or flouring due to excessive build-up of water. In case you have any of these sidings, inspect the lower siding pieces on sections above doors, windows, and walls, looking for warping or softness in the material. If you notice softness or warping, replace the boards instantly and liberally. Do not let the problem spread to other regions as this can cause a failure of the material. Lastly, ensure that any material replaced is painted and sealed properly.
Taking a number of precautions with your roof will stop the looming danger during winter. It is very difficult to repair a leaking roof, especially when covered with ice and snow. It is recommended that you inspect the flashing around the chimneys, older skylights, and walling and roofing contact areas. These are potential areas prone to problems. Old roofs that appear to be in better shape should be resealed in some parts to extend their life.
It is important to note that having poor insulation allows heat to escape rapidly through the roof, melting snow even during extremely cold conditions. This results in hefty ice dams that entrap melting ice behind them, leading to roof leaks. In addition, these dams can destroy the rain gutters extensively.
You should have the proper insulation in your gutter or attic as this is the only way to prevent ice dams. A heating tape or heated gutter system can also solve the issue. Inspecting your home now can assist you to prevent problems from building up, and let you survive the winter with self-reliance. To prepare your home this winter you can contact us with any questions or additional information.
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