Top 3 Tips on Preparing Your Home for Winter

Winter is almost upon us, which means you have to ensure your home is ready. Roof preparation is an essential yet often overlooked part of winter preparation. This project is important because your roofing bears the weight of anything that nature throws at you. As one of the leading roofing contractors in St. Paul, MN, here are our tips for preparing your roof:

Home Preparation

Conduct a Thorough Inspection and Cleanup

Keeping your roof clean is the first step in maintaining your roof. Keep in mind that you should leave the cleaning and inspection to professionals for safety purposes.

At Garlock-French Corporation, we pay special attention to areas like valleys and parts with flashing, as water tends to collect around them. We recommend you set up regular maintenance inspections with us, especially if you haven’t had one in the last three years. Periodic maintenance can prolong your roof’s service life and could even save you on expensive repair costs.

Ensure Clean Gutters

Gutters are another important part of preparing your home for winter. From the ground level, you can look for signs of damage, rust spots, sagging gutters, and missing or damaged gutter hangers. If your roof has plenty of leaves and debris, chances are that your gutter has some of them, too.

As with your St. Paul roofing, hiring professionals to perform gutter maintenance and repair saves you time and effort. You should also consider investing in gutter protection systems that prevent leaves, debris, and animals from getting into your gutters. We have several gutter protection types that you can choose from: filter, screen, or reverse flow.

Start an Indoor Inspection

You can start with the ceiling and look for water stains, which are sure signs of roof leaks. Note that leaks don’t necessarily drip straight down, so the actual source is likely sited somewhere else. You can also inspect the attic for water stains. More pronounced stains mean the leak is in its later stages and should be addressed by your roofing contractor immediately.

If you need maintenance and repair services for your gutter and metal roofing in Minneapolis, Garlock-French Corporation would be happy to help. Call us today at (612) 722-7129 or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation.