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Get Your Roof Winter-Ready

  1. Check all gutters and make sure they’re clean. You may want to consider a gutter guard or leaf covers. This will help keep ice from building up inside the gutter. The extra weight can tear them down.
  2. Make sure your gutters are securely fastened.
  3. If you have a flat roof with roof drains, make sure the drains are functioning.
  4. Check the mortar and brick on your chimneys and call a mason to make any repairs.
  5. Check all flashings. Flashings are the metal pieces used to waterproof interruptions in the roof plane such as pipes, chimneys, skylights, etc. If you suspect a deficiency and are unsure about how to fix it, call a roofing contractor. Snow leaks can wreak havoc on a house’s interior during the winter - spending a nickel now and save a dime later, as the adage says.
  6. Check all areas of caulking. Touch up any suspected deficiencies.
  7. Don’t use a snow-blower on your roof. Snow blowers are dangerous and can also tear up the roof.
  8. If you get up on the roof to remove snow with a shovel or similar tool, be careful that you don’t damage the roofing materials.
  9. NEVER use an ice pick to remove ice build up.
  10. Yes, heat tape works but be careful and buy a high quality product. Heat tapes have been known to catch fire and burn down houses. Also be careful about how you install it. You don’t want to poke a bunch of holes in your roof.



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