Brace yourselves, winter is coming! You may know this phrase from a popular TV series, but it is also a very actual warning for all homeowners. The coming winter will bring heavy winds, freezing temperatures and lots of snow. And the roof of your house will bear the brunt of the inclement weather conditions.
A Good Roof Means a Warm and Safe Home
Roof defects are the entry point of cold temperatures, moisture, fungi and mould into your home. During the winter, especially in case of heavy rains and snowfalls in some areas, it is difficult to notice something wrong with your roof. This is why right now, while the weather is still mild, you should hire an Austin TX roofer to make sure that your roof can withstand the winter in good conditions.
Here are a few things you can do:
1. Trim Tree Branches
A tree branch laden with snow can break and fall over your roof, causing significant damages to it. If you have trees growing around your house, you should hire a team to trim its branches, so that they do not touch the roof.
2. Clean the Gutters
Clogged gutters allow water to pool on your roof instead of draining down to earth. Water pools will freeze during the winter and expand their volume. This could cause cracks in the roof, leading to leaks inside the attic.
3. Fix the Insulation under the Roof
When you heat up your house during the winter, the warmest air will go up, towards the roof. Damaged insulation causes two problems. Firstly, you will spend a lot of money on inefficient heating. Secondly, the temperature differences between the outer and inner surfaces of the roof will cause expansion and contraction and lead to tears and cracks.