The roof of your home can be the source of a lot of loss of energy during the winter months, which is why you may want to consider doing improvements to keep energy in your home and reduce heating costs. Some of the roof repairs and improvements you may want to do can include repairing flashing, adding insulation and installing reinforcements to protect against ice dams. Here are some of the roofing maintenance and repair tasks that you may want done to prepare your home for a cold winter:

1. Adding Insulation To The Attic And Roofing To Reduce Heat Loss

Insulation is important to keep the heat in your home during the winter months. Heat rises, and having sufficient insulation in the attic can help protect your home from heat loss. If you have an older home, you may want to talk with an insulation contractor about adding an extra layer to the attic to help update the insulation. They can also provide services like insulating the rafters, which may be something that you want to do if you live in an area with a cold winter climate.

2. Check And Repair Areas That May Leak Around Mechanicals And Flashing

During the winter months, there are many areas where you may have problems with water getting in beneath snow and ice. This is often due to problems with the boots around mechanical penetrations, which can become worn and leaks during the winter. In addition, it is a good idea to have flashing replaced or repaired to ensure that areas that get more runoff are protected from potential leaks and problems. You can also talk with an insulation contractor about insulating around the penetrations in the roof to prevent melt problems with snow loads.

3. Install Reinforcements To Protect Your Home From Ice Dams During The Winter Months

Another improvement that you may want to consider is reinforcing areas of your roof that are prone to winter snow damn problems. This can be due to the snow melt at eaves of your roof or other areas like valleys. To prevent this problem, roofing membranes can be installed beneath the areas that are subject to extra wear during the winter months due to snow and ice.

These are some of the maintenance and repair tasks that you may want to do for your roof to prepare for the winter months. If you need help with roof maintenance, contact an insulation contractor to help you with some of these repairs before winter arrives. 

For more information, contact Midwest Custom Coatings or a similar company.