How to Winterize Your Roof

How to Winterize Your Roof

How to Winterize Your Roof

With winter around the corner, it’s time to get your house ready to withstand the colder temperatures. Getting your house prepared starts with your roof, especially since it’s what keeps your home warm and dry inside. Don’t neglect this important step this season; winterize your roof–your family and pocketbook will thank you!

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Winterize Now, Keep Warm Later

We’re starting to get a taste of cooler weather, which means the chance of snow and ice is increasing. This is the time to winterize your roof. Without proper preparation, your roof could collapse and end up ruining your winter vacation. Focus on these ways to protect the roof of your home this season.

  1. Inspect your Houston roof 
  2. Trim the tree limbs
  3. Empty the gutters
  4. Replace caulking
  5. Watch out for pests

1) Inspect your Houston roof 

The first step of getting prepared is to perform a roof inspection.

  • On the exterior, check for damaged shingles, mold, or rotted wood that could worsen with cooler weather. If you have a chimney, schedule a cleaning and ensure that it has proper ventilation. 
  • After you’ve checked the outside of the house, don’t forget to inspect the inside. Subtle leaks in the ceiling or problems with the attic insulation could be a sign of a bigger problem from the roof. 

2) Trim the tree limbs

The next step is to look at the trees that might surround your house. In the case of a severe storm, overhanging trees can snap and the tree branches might land on your roof. Without taking this step beforehand, your house might be exposed to the wind and rain.

3) Empty the gutters

You should be cleaning your gutters throughout the year, but it’s important to ensure they’re empty and working properly as you’re winterizing your roof. If you have clogged gutters, melting snow and ice won’t have a place to drain and will end up causing water damage.

Pro Tip: Avoiding damage to your home’s exterior starts with a gutter system. It’s a good idea to clean them every 3 months to keep your foundation and roof in the best shape.

4) Replace caulking

If you’re a homeowner, you’re probably familiar with caulk. It’s used to seal joints, seams, and every other corner imaginable. As the temperatures start to drop outside, it’s important to make sure the caulk throughout your house hasn’t become wrinkled or cracked. Replacing the caulk will prevent air leaks and improve your energy efficiency. 

5) Watch out for pests

As the winter season approaches, be aware that pests might build nests or create holes in your roof to stay warm. From squirrels to birds to rats, you’ll have stay on watch throughout the season. Consider hiring a pest control expert to help you look for signs of damage before your roof needs repair.

Have you winterized your Woodlands home yet?

If you don’t have the time or resources available for preparation, consider hiring a professional service to inspect and clean your roof. There shouldn’t be any reason your home isn’t ready for the cold weather. The longevity and durability of your roof depend on it.

Contact us today for more information about winterizing your roof and how to keep your home in the best shape this season.

Roofing Insulation to Block the Houston Heat

Roofing Insulation to Block the Houston Heat

When you think about insulation for your home, you probably think of keeping the heat inside during cold weather. While this is certainly one application of insulation, a different type of material can actually help keep heat out. Believe it or not, using the right kind of insulation in the right places can actually repel heat and keep your home cool in the summer.

If you’re looking for the best insulation to keep heat out, you can’t go wrong with the two most popular and effective choices: weather stripping and radiant barrier insulation. Properly used, both will seal your air conditioning inside and repel the heat outside. How can these help your house as the weather stays warm?

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Weather Stripping

Some of the most common places for climate-controlled air to escape is around your windows and doors. A crooked window or door could be raising your energy bills significantly by providing a constant slow leak. Fortunately, this is an easy fix. Strategically placing weather stripping around the edges will block most leaks and allow your home’s climate to balance itself out again.

Pro Tip: Be skeptical of any window company that claims to be able to reduce your energy bills with replacement windows. These claims are borderline illegal, often incorrect, and have gotten several companies sued. Save your money and install weather stripping instead.

Radiant Barrier

Radiant barrier insulation does more than just keep cool air inside. This reinforced layer of aluminum lines the inside of your attic roof and reflects heat back outside. Even this thin layer of insulation is surprisingly effective–a study shows that proper installation of a radiant barrier could save between 10-15% on energy costs. Just make sure your roof builder knows how to properly install insulation!

A Few Mistakes to Avoid

Of course, insulation material should be handled with care and isn’t effective in every place in the house. Keep these common errors in mind as you plan your insulation project:

  • NEVER put insulation on or near active knob and tube wiring–that’s a great way to start a fire. Have the hazardous equipment professionally removed first.
  • Avoid insulating spaces that won’t affect the transfer of heat much, such as exterior walls. You’ll just end up spending a lot of money for very little change.
  • Don’t block any ventilation or HVAC ductwork with insulation–this will only make the problem worse.

Stay Cool!

Your air-conditioned home is your refuge against the high temperatures of any Houston day. By researching and installing the best insulation to keep heat out of your house, you’re sure to continue enjoying the comfort of a climate-controlled house for years to come.

Connect with us to learn more about preparing your roof and house for hot weather.