Chapter 1: Winterize Your Roof for the Upcoming Winter Season in Kansas City
You get your house ready for winter in other ways, but what about you roof and siding? Those need to be winterized, too. It’s going to be a long, dark winter full of snow and ice, and if your snowcapped roof leaks, lets in cold air, or even collapses, you’re in trouble. Your home’s exterior siding also protects you from the elements, and needs its own winterization so that you’ll be snug and warm this winter.
Clean your gutters and replace if necessary
A professional can do the job for you safely so that you don’t have to put yourself in danger. In addition, a professional will know to check for damage or clogs so that you can replace them if necessary. Gutters that are overflowing constantly, for example, need to be replaced with larger gutters. If they are cracked or split, those cracks will get bigger during the winter months with continual freezes and thaws.
Taking care of gutters now will prevent bigger problems later. In addition to roof damage, taking care of your gutters now will also prevent foundation damage, since gutters that don’t work properly can’t guide water away from your home’s foundation.
Replace caulking and secure flashing
Again, this is going to help prevent any kind of leakage. If there are splits, open seems, punctures, or any kind of breaks in the flashing, ice, wind and rains can cause significant damage around the roof’s edge. Make sure everything is secure and that there are no tears, warping, or other damage; replace damaged materials with new.
Inspect roof and replace shingles or entire roof as necessary
Have your roof inspected and repair or replace any shingles that have been damaged or are worn. Dealing with small problems before winter strikes can prevent both significant roof damage and extensive repair, and interior water damage to your house, as well.
What kind of roof should you get?
Roofing technology has come a long way in the last century. Some of the choices include metal roofing, composite or asphalt shingles, cedar shakes, plastic shingles, wood shingles, concrete tiles, stone coated steel, slate, or specific products like Decra or DaVinchi are all possible choices for roof replacement when the time comes. Durability and safety are just as important as the attractiveness of your roof. Make sure it stands the test of time in Kansas City’s changing climate.