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Winter Maintenance Tips for Your Roof

With the winter weather this year being far more harsh than normal, it is important for homeowners to make sure that their homes are well-fortified against the storms. Investing in some residential roofing services can be very helpful in getting things secured, and looking for any possible weaknesses that can be repaired and reinforced before the harsh weather comes. The following are some good winter maintenance tips for your roof. Have a Professional Check-Up Done One of the best ways to prepare for the winter is to have professional roofing services come out and check on the roof. This service will include looking for loose shingles, identifying any weaknesses, and repairing small issues that are found. This is a great way to know that your roof is strong and ready to withstand the extreme weather conditions that are coming. Clean the Gutters When rain and snow come, you need the water to be able to run off the roof and to the ground. This means that you need your gutters in good working condition. Make sure that these conduits are clear and ready to get sitting water from the roof to the ground where it will do less damage. Clean the Roof Most homeowners recognize the need to keep their gutters clean. A clogged gutter may lead to water pooling or not draining properly from the roof. However, many homeowners do not realize the necessity of keeping the roof itself clean. Late fall is the best time to check for debris like leaves and sticks on the roof. This debris can damage shingles and will eventually make its way to the gutters where it can create clogs. Late fall is also a great time to trim tree branches that hang over or near the roof. These branches give roof access to critters like raccoons and squirrels. Replace Old Caulking Waterproofing is an important part of preparing your home for winter, and caulking is a common tool used in waterproofing the roofing. While this is a very effective way to keep water out, it is not a permanent fix. The caulking can get old, and will need to be replaced. Take some time to look at the caulking along the roof lines, and replace any that looks a little past its prime. These are very simple steps to take, but all of them can…

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How to Prepare Your Home for Roof Replacement

You called the experts, received a free estimate, and picked out your new shingles. Soon, a crew of professionals will be climbing all over your roof, pulling, tearing, and hammering away. Having your roof replaced may seem like a big ordeal, but a little preparation can ensure a smooth transition.  Inside Your Home When work begins, dust will stir inside your home. You'll want to cover furniture, bedding, and clothing with cloth or plastic sheeting to protect your fabrics. Remove picture frames and mirrors from the walls and have them carefully stored. Chandeliers should be taken down if possible. If not, wrap them carefully with plastic sheeting to protect against falling dust and debris. If you store china or other breakables on wall-mounted shelving units, pack them away in bubble-wrap until the work is done. Loose nails or wall brackets can result in objects falling and breaking so it is better safe than sorry.  Outside Your Home Move outdoor patio furniture, grills, decorations, and potted plants as far away from the house as possible. Your roofers will need clear access to your roof and there is always the chance of falling debris. This means moving your garden gnomes to a safe distance--twenty feet away from your home, at least. This rule also applies to vehicles. Your roofers may need access to your driveway. The experts at Leaksmith only use a portable "Driveway Friendly Trailer." At the end of the work day, the trailer--and the trash --leave with the crew. Other companies use roll-off dumpsters that will sit there day and night until the project is complete. Roll-offs can also scratch and crack your pavement.  Remove solar panels, TV antennas, and satellite dishes. Swimming pools and hot tubs should be covered in case of falling debris. It is also a good idea to cut your grass before work begins. This will make finding debris easier during the cleanup process. While work is ongoing, remember to wear protective footwear when you venture outside. While the experts try to keep debris to a minimum, sometimes nails can come loose and become lost in your grass. Watch your step and wear shoes to be on the safe side.   Family and Pets At Leaksmith, safety is a priority, however, accidents can happen. This is why children and animals should not be allowed to wander the…

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