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Arvada Roofing: Prepping your house for the winter

At CJ Roofing, helping property owners care for and maintain their roofing systems is an essential part of our job. We not only aim to install superior roofing systems, but we are committed to ensuring our customers get the most out of their roofing investment in the long term. As leading Arvada roofing pros, we always like to remind area property owners to take certain precautions as Colorado’s winter weather months approach. If you haven’t already, we encourage you to take some time to prepare your home, and your roof in particular, for the impending winter.

Clean Out Gutters

Cleaning your gutters is one of the fastest and most effective ways to prepare for winter precipitation. Afterall, your gutters are intended to help with drainage. If, however, they are full of debris, they cannot do their job and actually pose the risk of harm to your roof, siding and fascia. If your roof has a steep slope and is far from the ground, it’s a good idea to hire a professional to do the dirty work for you. Regardless, be sure to put this on your ‘to-do list’ in the coming weeks!  

Check for Signs of Roof Damage

At CJ Roofing we never recommend that homeowners climb onto their roofs to check for signs of damage. However, depending on the slope of your roof and layout of your home, you should be able to observe parts of your roof from a safe vantage point on the ground, or from a window. Look for signs of missing or curling singles, missing granules and hail divots in shingles or metal flashing. If you see signs of damage or believe your roof may be compromised due to age or storm damage, now is the time to act! A small issue today can quickly become exacerbated by the buildup of winter precipitation.  

Prevent Ice Dams

If you had ice dam build up last winter, there are steps you can take now to prevent the same issue this year. Ice dams are caused by the melting and refreezing of water runoff from your roof. The culprit: warm air leaks and insufficient insulation. Contact a local Arvada home energy auditor to help you identify air leaks and insultation problems that can be relatively easily remedied. If left unaddressed however, water melt can backup and seep into vulnerable areas in your roof, causing major damage.

Clean Chimney

If you plan to use your chimney this winter, having it cleaned ahead of time is essential. This not only ensures the safety or your family but the air quality within your home. A reputable, Arvada chimney sweep company will complete an inspection and identify any maintenance issues. Before you cozy up to your first fire of the season, be sure and take this precaution!

Schedule a Roofing Inspection

If you suspect that your roof is in need of a replacement or repair before snow begins to accumulate, now is the time to act! Schedule an inspection with your favorite Arvada roofer today. Should they identify any issues that needs immediate attention, you should be able to have the repair completed before our infamous Colorado winter weather sets in.  At CJ Roofing, we are proud to offer free, no obligation Arvada roofing inspections. If you feel that an inspection is in order, contact us today! Our schedule is filling fast but we are always happy to help!

There you have it, by taking these precautions, you can rest assured that your home is ready for winter.

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