Checklist to Winterproof Your Home

Weatherproofing and inspecting your roof should be one of the highest maintenance priorities when preparing your house for the harsh elements of the winter.

According to Rob Schneider of the website Home Improvement Pages, homeowners should enlist properly qualified specialist roof maintenance firms to have the roof cleaned and inspected for any repairs and insulation required. Additionally, the gutters and downpipes should be inspected to make sure that they are not blocked with debris, cracked or broken. Clogged gutters and downpipes can do as much damage to a property as a leaking roof.

Proper roofing insulation is also a cost effective and energy efficient way to create a more comfortable home that provides adequate cooling in summer and warmth in winter, according to Schneider.

Homeowners can choose from either reflective roofing insulation, bulk insulation or loose fill insulation.  Reflective insulation is effective for reflecting outside heat away from the home or rising heat back into the home. Bulk insulation acts similarly to a down-filled jacket. And loose fill insulation acts similarly to bulk insulation but is pumped into the roof cavity.