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How to Ensure Your Home’s Roof Will Survive the Winter Months

Property maintenance is far more about prevention than fixing an issue. If a job needs to be completed within a particular timeframe, this is to stop an issue from becoming a huge problem. 

The roof of your property is the component of any structure that suffers the most from extreme weather and therefore should be your primary focus when preparing your home for harsh weather. 

So, with this in mind, here is how to ensure your home’s roof will survive the winter months. 

Embrace Your Inner Landscape Gardener

If your property is surrounded by larger trees, bushes, and shrubs, either in the backyard or else in the front garden as well, one of the most important things to do is to cut back the foliage.

This is especially crucial if any of the plants grow to obscure any part of the pipework, guttering, or front and back doors or else appear to be growing underneath the foundations. It is absolutely essential to remove any fast-growing plants in and around the roof area.

Pay for an Annual Inspection

Even though it may well be more than a little frustrating hearing the outcome of a roofing inspection that everything is in good working order and bemoaning the cost, just as a car service helps your car last longer, a roof inspection heightens roof longevity.

If you are in the enviable position of planning to build your own home from the ground up, then looking into the best roofing for homes that has been proven to be effective in your local area is a great preventative measure for the future. 

Upgrade to a More Durable Roof Material

The next piece of advice to secure your home and protect it against storms and bad weather is admittedly pricier than the others within this article but will serve to save you a considerable amount of money in potential damages in the future. 

It would also be prudent to note that if your property’s roof consists of shingles, you need to keep a record of when they are replaced, as the general recommendation is that shingles should be entirely replaced every twenty years or so. 

Focus on Leakage Prevention

Perhaps the most common issue with both residential and commercial properties’ roofing systems is the development of small holes and the unavoidable leakage of rainwater that follows.

Fortunately, there are many ways of giving your roof the best possible chance of surviving the onslaught of regular stormy weather through the winter months. Such leakage prevention methods include three different forms of roof waterproofing

EPDM is a type of synthetic rubber that is both UV and weather resistant, and due to how flexible the material is, it is a popular choice for waterproofing flat roofs. Rubber membrane is a single-ply layer of membrane that is attached by adhesion or ballasting, and GRP (glass-reinforced plastic) is made from polyester resin that has been reinforced with glass fibers.

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