Each year when winter is around the corner, you are going to want to take care of things that can help your roof to stay in good shape and to prevent as many problems as possible. The information that you'll read here can help you to get a head start on your roof's winterization.
Inspect the entire roof
The first thing that you need to do is to make sure that you have the roof checked for signs of any damages that will need to be repaired. If you have good basic knowledge of roofs, if your roof isn't one with steep angles or other dangerous areas, and if you feel confident, then you can check the roof yourself. If you have any doubts about your ability to do it correctly and/or safety, then you should consider having a roofer come inspect it. If your roof is fairly new and you have no reason to doubt its condition, then you might be okay continuing with the rest of this guide, but you should at least walk around the house and check the areas you can from the ground.
Make sure the attic has good insulation
If you're in a home that's new to you, then you want to check the attic to make sure it has good insulation. It's always a good idea to take a peek in the attic anyway, just to make sure you haven't had something come in and damage the insulation, such as a raccoon. Checking at this time of the year every year will also help you be proactive with regards to putting an end to pest issues quickly. Proper insulation not only helps you efficiently keep the house warmer, but it also helps to prevent ice dams from occurring on the roof.
Check gutters, downspouts, and eaves
Make sure that all gutters and downspouts are not only clean but that they also don't have damages like dents or separations that you want to have fixed. While you are checking them, you should also look at the condition of the eaves to make sure they aren't damaged and in need of repairing.
Check the ventilation
Make sure you reduce the risks of you losing hot air through the roof in the areas you can by checking the ventilation. You are going to want to make sure that the vents are all open and free of things that are blocking them.
Reach out to a roofing contractor near you for more information.