Winterizing A Residential Roof Checklist

This winter, make sure to get your home ready by taking care of the roof with the help of our roof checklist. Whether you live in an urban area that experiences occasional snowfall or if it snows year-round where there are no escaping cold temperatures and plummeting water pressure; protecting yourself from leaks is important for everyone’s health and well-being – not just during emergencies!

We will share some tips on how best practices can help reduce energy bills this season & stay more comfortable. 

Repair your Roof

If you want your home to last and remain safe from the elements, it is important that all weak spots be repaired or replaced. Shingles can become loose or damaged by rain which leads to leaks in some cases; tiles also crack easily with exposure so make sure any cracks are fixed before they turn into holes!

Cut Unnecessary Tree Branches

In high winds or heavy snow and ice, tree limbs can come crashing down on your roof. If you see any trees that may threaten the integrity of your roof system please cut back these dangerous branches immediately so they do not damage other parts or cause water damages inside your home! Homeowners should always make sure all unnecessary tree parts be cut before any blizzard hits; otherwise, there’s no telling what kind of catastrophe might happen behind closed doors.

Roof and Gutter Cleaning

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Your gutters play a vital role in the integrity of your roofing system. Clogged, rusted, and damaged gutters allow water to penetrate the timber and even damage homes’ foundation. To prevent this from happening during the winter months be sure that you clean out any debris before cold weather arrives!

Your gutters and roof are one of the most important aspects for your home. If you don’t keep them clean, it can cause major problems in wintertime such as algae growth that might peel off or damage shingles when freezing temperatures come around!

Check Attic Insulation

Insulation is like a blanket that keeps your home warmer during the winter, and even cooler during summer. If you have an attic insulation make sure to check it and see whether it’s in good shape or needs replacing. 

Damp or moldy insulation can cause a variety of problems for your home such as increased levels of humidity, reduced air flow and more expensive energy bills. It is also dangerous to clean up because it may contain toxic substances like enzymes that could be hazardous if you inhaled them while working on the inside!

The best way to prevent these issues? Make sure all leaks are sealed tightly before they lead anywhere near living space; remove any formers from around vents which would block ventilation (tightly covered eaves only).

The federal program Energy Star recommends attics in our region to be insulated to R-60, which will help you save on your energy bills and actually protect the roofing system from outside elements.

Frequent Roof Inspection

It may be tempting to go up on your roof if you are a DIY type of homeowner, but don’t do it. Walking around and across roofs can cause problems with shingles or tiles – which will increase the risk for leaks in other parts of our house! If we’re not careful enough when walking near an edge than anything could happen; falling off is one possibility (not many people want that). A professional inspection should always precede any work being done at home as they have tools needed to inspect your house.

Schedule a professional roof inspection if you haven’t had one in recent years. You will help your roofing system last longer and improve the efficiency of your home.

To learn more about winterizing your home, or if you need roofing services for your Louisville home, contact the trusted professionals Skyguard Roofing and Siding today!



During these difficult times, SkyGuard and our teams are still working to take care of your projects. At the same time, we are closely following all CDC and government recommended safety precautions and we want to let our clients know of the procedures we are undertaking to keep our staff and clients safe.