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Pre-winter roof maintenance

by: Kirsten Land on November 17th, 2015 about Residential Roofing, Roofing Advice

Roof in winterWhile it seems like fall just started, winter is now around the corner. And that means it's roof maintenance time! While that does mean we're going to bedding our bi-annual roof inspections for our Roof Maintenance clients, it also means it's a good time for you as a home owner to do the same.

So for you DIY people, here's a list of things you can do yourself to keep your roof operating as it should throughout the winter.

1. Trim Tree Limbs

Take this time to trim any tree limbs or branches away from your roof and any nearby power lines.

As those of us living in Oklahoma know, we have severe weather of all types. Rather than just hoping mother nature doesn't cause any damage, be proactive. Cut any tree limbs that could potentially fall on your roof or power lines.

2. Clean the Gutters

Whether you have trees near the house or not, it's important to clean your gutters. But to be safe, do it when nearly all the leaves have fallen off nearby trees. You definitely don't want to waste time cleaning your gutters just to have leaves fall right back into them.

And if your gutters aren't cleaned before the first snow or ice storm, you run the risk of damage from ice dams.

3. Inspect Roof

Finally, inspect the shingles on your roof. Look for curling, cupping, flaking, tearing, splitting, or blistering. And if anything looks suspicious or deformed at all, give a professional a call to investigate further.

And if you're not a do-it-yourself type, we would be happy to help! Read more about our Roof Maintenance plan.

Regardless of who does it, regular roof maintenance is important for the health of your roof. A healthy roof means your home will stay protected!

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