Some people think that, just because you live in South Carolina, you don’t get hit with hard winters. That isn’t true. South Carolina isn’t all that far from the Northeast Corridor. We get snow. We get ice, sleet and slush. And these things wreak havoc on your roof. So does the wind and cold weather. There are certain things you need to do if you’re going to protect your home this winter. If you don’t take these steps, then come spring, you’re going to have to spend thousands of dollars to repair your roof. You can even end up with interior damage if you don’t take care of the exterior.
Here are seven (7) things you should do now in order to prevent damage to your roof later. Call and speak with one of the expert roofing professionals at Lanier Roofing. They’ll come out and offer a free estimate so you have an idea of what exactly needs to be done. You’ll also have an idea of what it will cost to make any repairs and maintenance.
You should definitely have a professional roofer come out from Lanier Roofing and check out the general state of your roof. It may be in great shape. Or, you may need a few minor repairs. It’s better to catch these things early. It will prevent you from needing major repairs later. It will also cut down on the costs to repair your roof.
Some people think they only need to clean out their gutters in the spring and summer. That isn’t true. Anything left from the fall is going to end up in your gutters. You’ll have leaves, branches and other debris sitting in there all winter if you don’t act now. These things can block the water from flowing in the cold weather. This will lead to ice forming which can cause backups and serious plumbing problems.
If you have any bushes or trees with limbs hanging over your roof, you need to cut them back. When it gets cold out, these branches tend to become dry and brittle. They break off and can fall onto your roof. This is dangerous both for your roof and any skylights you may have. If you cut back the tree limbs, then you don’t have to worry about them crashing through a window.
If you don’t have proper ventilation in your attic, you can end up with mold and mildew. This is not healthy for your family. There could be leaks behind the walls or on top of the roof. When this water seeps through your ceiling, it can cause all sorts of problems. Let someone from Lanier Roofing come out and inspect your attic. They’ll let you know if you need any work done.
If you’re going to be heating your home this winter, you need to make sure your chimney is clean. If you don’t have it professionally cleaned at least once a year, you’re bound to run into problems. In fact, we recommend that you have this inspected at least three (3) times a year.
When it gets cold out, rodents like to crawl into your attic and near your chimney to keep warm. You need to check and make sure you don’t have any bats, squirrels or birds crawling around on top of or inside your home. If an animal freezes or dies, it can cause a lot of damage to your roof and heating systems. A professional roofer can look to make sure any roof projections are free from animals and other pests.
If you haven’t really looked around inside your home for leaks and water stains, now is the time to do it. If you notice any internal leaks, there’s a good chance that they’re coming from outside. A roofing expert can examine your house to see where the source of your leaks are. They can also make any necessary repairs now, before winter is upon us.
If you haven’t inspected your home yet, now’s a good time to call a roofing expert at Lanier Roofing in South Carolina. They can inspect your roof and other parts of your home to make sure you’re in good shape for winter.