It's that time of year again – time to start thinking about how you're going to decorate for the holidays and how you're going to prepare your house for a long, harsh winter. Here, you'll find a few tips to help you get started doing both.
Hire a Roofing Contractor
Your roof will need to be inspected, repaired, and readied for winter, so why not take care of some shingle installation now, before the temperatures drop so low you can't feel your fingers while doing it?
Hiring a roofing contractor to perform a complete inspection is one of the smartest choices you can make each year. Roofing damage isn't always easily seen by the untrained eye – what looks OK to you could be damage that needs to be repaired before the roof undergoes several freeze-thaw cycles the next few months.
Talk with the contractor about installing the shingles for you. They'll be up there working to make sure that your roofing and gutters are in good shape, so they may be happy to help you with the project – just make sure to request the help when you schedule the inspection so they can plan for enough time to do the work for you.
Rooftop Mounting Brackets
If you plan on putting any decorations on the roof this year, talk with the roofing contractor about installing mounting brackets on the roof. If the brackets are mounted properly, you won't have to worry about potentially puncturing the roofing materials when you are installing your decorations.
One thing that you should make sure gets done this year is having the seals around the chimney and roofing vents checked. These seals go bad much sooner than shingles do and will need to be patched or replaced every so often. If the seals are left unrepaired, water will leak around the vents and chimney, and water damage will likely be sustained in the roof and in any other materials in the lower levels.
Get busy now and you won't be left dealing with all of this in the cold. Hopefully, a roofing contractor near you can help you get the roof ready for winter and assist you with the beginning steps of decorating for a huge holiday display on and around your home. Planning early will help keep you warm and give you more time to beat the neighbor's display, too.