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“WINTER IS COMING,” and it’s particularly important for Coloradans to ensure the safety and performance of their homes before it does. Many people go through their home to make sure there’s no damage and that the cold air from outside won’t seep its way into the home. In addition, people take steps such as checking their heating system, hot water heater, and other home components for repair or replacement.

If you’re getting your home and yourself ready for a cold Colorado winter, it’s also important to make sure that your roof is prepared. Your roof provides a fundamental line of defense between your family and any harsh weather. It’s essential to keep it in good condition all year and especially before winter arrives. There are specific steps you can take to winterize your roof and help protect your home through the cold months of the year.

If you haven’t done so yet, you’ll want to:

1. Get a close look at your roof.

Some damage can be seen from the ground, but the best way to check your roof for damage is to get onto your roof and look closely at it. You won’t be able to see everything from the ground. By getting a close look, you’ll be more likely to spot minor damage or weak spots to ensure that your roof is ready for winter.

2. Look for visible damage to the roof.

From loose or missing shingles to stains or rot, obvious damage is a big red flag when you’re winterizing your roof. These obvious signs of damage are an indicator that you need to do some work on your roof before the winter. If you don’t, even minor damage can lead to big problems after a significant snowfall.

3. Check your gutters.

Lots of people think about their gutters in the fall because of falling leaves. But it’s important to check your gutters before winter, too. If you don’t, melting snow won’t drain properly and the blocked gutters will cause problems for your roof and home.

4. Check for tree branches hanging over your roof.

Snow is heavy. When it falls on trees, a big snowfall can weigh branches down, even causing them to break and fall. If you have branches hanging over your roof, the snow can cause them to fall onto your roof, which can result in significant damage. These branches should be trimmed well ahead of winter to prevent this damage from occurring.

5. Check for damage from pests.

Weather is not the only thing that can damage your roof. Pests can be a problem, too. Whether damage comes from insects, birds nesting, or even small rodents. Checking for evidence of pests can address minor damage that can turn into a big problem in winter.

6. Check your attic.

Your attic is another area that needs to be checked as part of winterizing your roof. It’s important to ensure that the attic has proper ventilation. If not, the attic can develop mold, mildew, and other problems. This damage begins inside your home and can be harmful to your health as well as to the house itself.

7. Check your caulking and flashings.

Caulk that’s wrinkled or missing needs to be replaced. Loose or missing flashings should also be replaced. This helps ensure that your roof works the way it was designed to work throughout the winter.

8. Check for inside damage.

Along with checking for exterior damage, you should check the ceilings in your home for interior damage. Water stains on the ceiling can indicate leaks in your roof. By checking indoors, you can detect leaks or other damage that is coming from the roof. Identifying this damage early can help prevent added expenses or problems in your home, especially throughout the winter.

9. Reach out for repair and winterizing help.

After you take a close look at your roof and identify any problem areas, it’s a good idea to connect with a roofing expert to decide how to fix problems and prepare your roof for the winter. A roofing expert can use the information you have about the roof to make repairs and replacements. When that work is done, your roof will be ready for the winter.

Call HomeGuard at (720) 708-4126 to request help with any and all of your roof winterizing needs!