Finally those evening temperatures are dipping into the 40s. Just as the ghouls and goblins come knocking on your door, it’s important that when the mercury drops, nothing is knocking on your roof. After a wet summer and warm autumn this is a key time to take inventory of your home’s biggest protector, your roof.
Inspecting and maintaining your roof goes beyond taking a look at the shingles and eyeballing the gutters. Before the harsh temperatures and cold precipitation settle in, scrutinizing the interior and exterior of your home should be a priority.
Here are 8 quick and easy objectives to prepare your roof for winter:
- Trim back or remove overgrown vegetation
- Remove cracked/rippled caulking and reapply
- Check all vents and remove any obstructions (if clogged, heat and moisture can cause interior damage to your home)
- Clean and clear all debris from the roof and inside your gutters.
- Examine metal flashing for warping, holes or other damage.
- Inspect interior baseboards and drywall for moisture and/or discolored paint
- Roofing cement can be used to repair individually damaged shingles
- If you discover extensive damage, reach out to a local, trusted roofing company and insist on a written proposal
These may seem like small steps to take, but can save you from extensive damage and repairs when done seasonally. If you have further concerns or uncover more damage than you expected, reach out to a licensed and bonded Baton Rouge roofing supplier and company like Cribbs Incorporated. For more than 50 years, Cribbs has been the trusted source for south Louisiana roofs.