4 Simple Checks to Know if Your Roof is Ready For Winter

It’s your first line of defense against the destructive duo, wind and water. If covers and protects the foundation and bones of your house. It covers and protects your treasures within. And most importantly, it covers and protects your family.

Your ROOF. It needs to be right! 

So, how often should this “protector of all” have a really good inspection? 

Every year. 

And if you roof hasn’t been inspected in a while, the best time is NOW. Winter snow and ice is only a few months away, but fall is peak Atlantic hurricane season. Even the 95 mph winds of a CAT 1 hurricane can damage your roof, shingles, vinyl siding and gutters. And we won't soon forget the damaging deluge of rain and residual tornadoes with Hurricane Florence!

This really good annual inspection should be left to the pros. But there are telltale signs that anyone can see, just not always from the ground. The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) says there are 4 warning signs a roof needs repair or replacement. If you suspect damage from a sudden weather event, such a hail or high wind storm, check these lickity-split:

  1. Loose, worn, broken or missing shingles
  2. Noticeable gaps or missing seals
  3. Ridge vents that are not attached well
  4. Signs of water staining, especially around the chimney, vents or pipes

Now, lean in. We're about to let you in on a little secret only the experts know. 

If your roof is old or beyond repair and it comes time to replace it, there are a few super smart and low cost ways to bring in an extra layer of protection. 

Did we mention it needs to be done right? : ) 

And the average roofing contractor most likely will not do these things unless you ask for it. IBHS has a handful of ways to make roofs go the extra mile. These include things like re-nailing and sealing. We agree 100%. 

Watch this great video from our friends at the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS):

This is a big ticket item. So, start with a reputable licensed and insured roofing contractor and avoid scammers. Take the time to actually check their references (please and thank you). Then, share how you want to fortify your roof with the contractor. Share these great resources from IBHS and be crystal clear about your expectations.

Once you're done, what great peace of mind for the winter, not to mention the 2019 hurricane season! 

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