The change of seasons in the Puget Sound are often welcome. Cooler temperatures and rain return to Gig Harbor, Port Orchard and the Kitsap Peninsula, and we prepare for winter. But before it gets too cold, you will want to make sure your roof is ready for the transition. You will want to clean your roof, check it for damage, and check your attic’s insulation and ventilation.
Get Rid of Debris
A good place to start is by clearing any excess debris off your roof. This includes pine needles, twigs and tree branches, and moss. While you’re up there clean out your gutters. And if you decide to go the extra mile and put up your holiday lights, we won’t judge.
We go into detail about moss removal and gutter cleaning in a recent blog post here.
Check for Damage
If your roof appears to have any signs of deterioration or damage, now is the time to have it repaired. The Fall and Winter are notorious for wind and rain, and we want to make sure you keep the weather outside.
Visual indications of damage or deterioration include curled shingles, shingles that are dark or dirty, or blistering or peeling exterior paint. If you notice any of these signs, contact us right away. We can help walk you through your options.
Insulation and Ventilation
Finally, you will want to check the insulation and ventilation in your attic. Roof vents are typically located at the peak of your roof and reduce heat buildup in the summer, helping to minimize cooling bills. In the winter they allow the warm, moist air that seeps into your attic from the living space below to escape.
In addition to helping with utility bills, ventilation plays an important part in the overall maintenance of your roof. When your attic is properly ventilated, it keeps your attic dry and reduces ice dams. Insulation and ventilation work together to keep your house warm in the winter and cool in the summer. If that’s not the case, then you may need to replace the insulation in your roof. This can be tricky to tackle on your own, so don’t be afraid to call us to have us take a look.
An afternoon taking care of your roof will help ensure your home is comfortable and dry during our rainy months. And if you notice any troubling signs of damage, give us a call. We are happy to help.