Winter is just around the corner, and while residents of Central Texas are seldom subjected to the same extreme conditions as cities such as Buffalo or Denver, the area sees its share of wild weather during the winter months. Therefore, it is best to be prepared for virtually anything — because Texas weather can be full of surprises. One critical area of preparation that many residents overlook is to make sure that their roofing system will be up to whatever the winter might bring. The following list can help your create a “to-do” list to ensure that you have a snug, cozy home this winter.
• Gutters: It is surprising how quickly gutters can become clogged, restricting the flow of runoff from the roof. The water can freeze and damage the gutters, sometimes wrenching them from their mounts. If you do not feel up to the task, consider hiring a professional to clean your gutters and check their condition.
• Roof: If your roof starts leaking, you are likely to have an uncomfortable, expensive and messy winter. The best way to avoid this is to have your roof inspected by a professional, especially if you notice missing or loose shingles, can see broken shingles from ground level or notice an excessive amount of granules around your home. Inside, if you have spots in your ceiling that are sagging or dark stains on your ceiling or upper walls, you probably need to have some roof repairs performed.
• Trees: An ice storm can weigh down tree limbs, and even if they do not break, they may scrape against your roof, siding or windows. Make sure that there is sufficient clearance between your home and tree branches. If you have weak, dead trees near your home, you might want to consider having them removed to avoid the possibility of damage from falling trees or limbs.
• Chimney: If you have a fireplace, you may need to have your chimney cleaned and inspected. A build-up in your chimney or non-working dampers can pose risks that can easily be avoided by having your fireplace and chimney serviced before its first use of the year.
Alpha Roofing Industries would be happy to help winterize your home. We provide a wide range of services, including gutter installation, roof repairs, attic insulation and chimney repairs as well as the installation of metal roofing systems and asphalt shingles. With more than 30 years of roofing experience, we have the experience to provide top-notch work at competitive prices. You can request a free quote by submitting our online form, or you can call us at (512) 777-1086.