The holidays are a time for family, friends, and fun. However, they can also be stressful if you’re not prepared. Your roof is an important part of your home and needs to be protected throughout the holiday along with the other seasons so that you don’t experience costly damage.
Here are some holiday roofing tips to keep in mind:
Protect your roofing system throughout the holiday season.
- Protect your roofing system throughout the holiday season.
- Use a roofing system that is designed for the weather where your home is located.
- Have a professional inspect your roofing system once or twice a year and make sure it’s in good condition, especially if you have an older home or one with shingles that weren’t designed to withstand winter weather conditions.
- Keep an eye on your roofing system for any signs of damage. You may want to call in a professional if you notice any snow or ice build-up, cracks in shingles, missing shingles, or other issues that could develop into more significant problems down the road.
- Don’t leave super heavy amounts of snow on your roof.
- Don’t clear snow off your roof with a snow blower (unless you’re in the market for one).
Put out snow guards.
Purchase snow guards at any home improvement store and installed before the first snowfall, making them a good choice for those who don’t want to wait until winter comes around again.
They are made from heavy duty steel or aluminum, with a rubber mat on top that acts as an ice dam. This ensures that water from melted snow or rain won’t go over the edge of your roof, but rather drains into the gutter system underneath (and then goes downspout).
Schedule chimney maintenance.
Chimneys should be inspected annually. If you have a fireplace, it’s important to make sure your chimney is in working order. This is because chimneys can be dangerous if they’re not properly maintained. The following points should help you get started:
- Check for loose bricks, cracked mortar, and missing mortar.
- Check for the buildup of creosote (a tar-like substance) and soot.
- Check for cracks in the flue pipe and damper (the device that prevents smoke from coming out of your home).
If your chimney has a damper that doesn’t work properly or is missing altogether, this could allow smoke to escape into other parts of your house and cause serious damage as well as health problems for those who live there.
Clean your gutters.
When it comes to cleaning your gutters, you have three options:
- Hire a professional to take care of it for you. You may be tempted to try this option, but we recommend against it unless you’re confident that your roofer is experienced and has the proper tools for the job.A lot can go wrong if you don’t know what they’re doing and how they’ll do it. Plus, paying someone else doesn’t help if they don’t clean thoroughly enough– gutter maintenance is still important!
- Use a leaf blower to blow out debris from your gutters (while wearing appropriate safety gear). This method works well on smaller roofs with short gutters where blowing leaves down into a yard or garden won’t be an issue.It also isn’t very efficient when there are many trees nearby that could drop lots of debris into your gutter system as well as other obstructions like pine needles and branches that can get stuck in there over time without regular maintenance checks by professionals who know how best to clear these things out without damaging anything else in the process.
Have holiday lights installed by professionals.
Consider hiring a professional to install your holiday lights. If you have never installed lights before and are unsure of what type of lights to use, or how to install them, hiring a professional is the way to go.
- Install a smart thermostat.
A smart thermostat can save you money by keeping your home at the right temperature when you’re not around. Modern smart thermostats can be controlled from your phone, allowing you to adjust the temperature before or after work, or even while on vacation.
Some systems allow you to create custom schedules that automatically adjust the temperature at certain times of day or week. Other systems allow for remote programming so that when you’re away from home for an extended period of time (like on vacation), it will continue running as normal and only turn on when someone enters a room where there’s been no activity for a certain amount of time (to keep from heating an empty house).
- Use weatherproof extension cords with UL approval.
- Make sure you have the right cord for your lights. If there is any chance that moisture will get into the reel or box of your extension cord, it’s best to use a type that has been approved for outdoor use.
- Use cords with a GFCI plug. You can also buy an adapter that converts a standard plug to a GFCI one, but this adds another risk: if water gets into these adapters, they may not shut down properly when there is an electrical fault and could put you at risk of shock.
- Look for cords that are labeled as being safe for outdoor use (UL approval). Look at the packaging and/or tags attached to each end of the cord; most companies will list UL approval numbers here so long as they were manufactured after 2008!
1. Use a power strip.
2. Don’t plug too many things into one outlet, one power strip, or one circuit.
Watch for weather warnings before decorating the exterior of your home for the holidays.
- Check the weather forecast before hanging holiday decorations on your home’s exterior. The National Weather Service provides numerous alerts, watches, and warnings that you can consult to get an idea of what kind of weather conditions are in store for your area. If a storm is approaching, take down any outdoor lights or decorating that could be damaged by high winds or rain.
- If a storm is coming and you have no way of taking down your decorations without damaging them, move any furniture outside in protected areas such as under an overhang or into a garage until the storm passes.
Schedule routine inspections of your roof during the holiday season to enjoy it without any worries about potential problems with your home’s roofing system.
- During the holidays, many homeowners are distracted by other matters and may forget to schedule routine roof inspections. This can be dangerous because a leaky roof can lead to severe water damage in your home’s structure.Since Christmas is one of the busiest times of year for homeowners, it’s important that you keep up with regular maintenance so that you can enjoy your holiday season without any worries about potential problems with your home’s roofing system!
- You should always have a professional do any inspection on your property; however, if you’re going out of town or simply don’t want to take time off work during busy holiday scheduling weeks (and nights), then consider scheduling an inspection right before leaving town so that it will be done while they’re still available.
- When planning ahead like this, make sure they’ll provide a written report of their findings so there will be no questions later on as well as provide recommendations on how best to proceed with repairs/replacements, etc., if necessary.
- Find a roofing company that is licensed and insured. This will ensure they have met the minimum requirements to operate in your area and has a good reputation for customer service, quality workmanship, and expertise with your specific type of roofing system.It’s always better to go with a local company over an out-of-town contractor because they know the area, weather patterns, building codes, and other factors related to your region.
We hope you found these holiday roofing tips helpful, and if they’ve inspired you to do some roofing work on your own home, we can help! Check out our website for more information on the products and services offered by our company. We look forward to hearing from you soon.
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