A key part of the winterization process is to make sure that your home is prepared for a storm. Perhaps it’s a monsoon, a blizzard, cooler temperatures, or just strong winds; preparing your home for the winter means to batten down the hatches. Roofing can take the heaviest hit during the winter months, and if you ignore your home maintenance and roof repairs, you run the risk structural and interior home damage.
So how do you know what repairs to make?
- Replace/Add Shingles Not all roof repairs need to be full overhauls. Sometimes, a mere roofing inspection followed by the replacement of a few shingles will suffice.
- Layer Cutoff However, the cut off point for just adding new layers of shingles to forego a roof replacement is 2 layers. Once you hit 2 layers you are required by the International Residential Code to replace your roof.
- Type of Shingle A roof replacement can also allow you the opportunity to opt for a heavier shingle. Many store bought options are not optimal for roofs in high-wind areas. If you notice your shingles blowing off, replace your roof with a sturdier shingle and cut out the regular repair costs.
- Safety There’s a lot that can go wrong with an old roof. Sagging and leaks can be symptomatic of larger structural issues. Especially in higher snowfall areas, repairing compromised roofs before the weight of accumulated snow is important. Ultimately, having a roof fall in on your house is way more problematic than the cost of roof maintenance.
While new roofs may be an expensive renovation, it’s one that can save you a lot of time, money, and stress repairing an outdated roof. It’s these kinds of home maintenance investments that will ultimately improve the longevity of your home. Call Handyman Matters today to get started on your roof repairs and winterization checklist, 866-FIX-MY-HOME!