Winterizing Your Roof
With winter on the horizon, we unpack our winter clothes from jackets to sweaters not to mention boots, gloves and hats; we need to get our weather protection out to prepare for the coming cold temperatures. We put snow tires on our cars, we put an emergency kit in the car in case we are stranded somewhere and we always make sure we have a snow brush in the car to remove any snow before we drive off to where ever we are going. Preparation is the best form to combat all the challenges that winter poses and it extends to our homes as well. We have sealed our windows with plastic to keep the drafts out, covered out landscaping to protect our plants and shrubs from the damage that snow and ice can cause to our beautiful gardens. Another area of concern for winterization is our roofing system. Without adequate protection from nature’s elements and timely snow removal from our roof it could cause extreme damage and a costly repair in the dead of winter. To protect yourself and your roofing system from the ravages that winter presents, there are some timely actions that can be taken to forestall the effects of the winter season.
One of the easiest and most cost effective ways to winterize your roofing system is through updates to your attic insulation and barriers to prevent drafts from entering your attic or heat leakage to your shingles. Experts’ tell us that over 40 per cent of a home’s heat loss is directly attributed to poor insulation. Apart from the fact that you are burning money heating all outdoors, poor insulation is a recipe for disaster, as the snow melts, it will create ice dams as the snow refreezes on your roofing system due to a lack of insulation.
There are a couple key reasons why insulation and air sealing your roofing system are vital to a successful winterization of your roofing system.
Insulation is a top down function; it protects the area that has the most exposure to winter’s elements and it is vulnerable to temperature changes too. Your attic is the coldest part of your home in winter and the warmest part in the summer, and proper insulation can mitigate excessive heat loss and heat gain reducing your cooling and heating bills. Aside from prevent ice dams, proper insulation and ventilation will prevent moist air from building up in the attic that could create a mold problem and an expensive roof repair after its’ discovery.
There are many DIY and how-to videos that all over the Internet that say they can help you install attic insulation and barrier protection in the matter of a couple of hours, but those videos don’t tell you what to do should you encounter trouble.
That is where we come in. At AM Roofing Solutions we have over 60 years in the roofing business providing quality solutions to thorny problems that bedevil homeowners and their roofing systems. We can provide low-cost solutions for winterizing your roof that will be expertly installed with a high degree of workmanship that is backed up with a 10-year workmanship warranty.
To make arrangements for your seasonal roofing winterization plan, contact us for a no-obligation consultation and free estimate at 1.877.289.6900.