Temperatures are nearing freezing, and whether you’re ready for winter, you should make sure your roof is. The Chicago Roofing Contractors Association names a few key areas to consider for your winter roof status:
Animal damage. This time of year, squirrels and raccoons seek warm places to camp out. Your roof and attic are especially appealing.
Debris in gutters and downspouts. Fall brings leaves, pine needles, sticks and other debris into your gutter system. Call a professional roofing contractor to clear the gutters or install a leaf guard.
Extreme weather. This past summer, homes were hit with rain, wind and hail. Was your roof affected, and if so, is it in sufficient condition to handle the harsh winter weather?
Inspection and maintenance. Having an inspection before winter begins will give you a peace of mind when it comes to your home. Whether your roof is brand new or 10 years old, consider a maintenance agreement to prevent potential problems.
Hire a professional. Professionals know how to do the job correctly and safely. Besides the safety risks, climbing on top of your roof and doing the work yourself may also void the manufacturer’s warranty.
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