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4 Tips to Prepare Your Home for Winter

Be honest with yourself this holiday season – when you look at your old roof, is there really any way that a large man in a red suit could land his eight not-so-tiny reindeer and sleigh up there? If the answer is no, then you’re due for a new roof. If it’s yes, how does the rest of your home look? The first day of winter is upon us and there are several other areas you’ll want to prepare in order for your home to make it to March unscathed.

Roof Repairs Fix Annoying Leaks

You may not need to replace the roof entirely, but you’ll notice a few spots that could be improved. We’re talking about replacing a valley, redoing the chimney, and adding ventilation where it’s needed the most. Any kind of damage to your roof should be taken care of immediately to prevent other issues from occurring in the future. The last gift you want this year is a leaky roof.

Ferguson Roofing’s Winter Tip #1

Invite a professional from Ferguson Roofing to your home to inspect the damage. No job is too big or too small for us. We’d much rather fix your roof than replace it if we can since a new roof is a serious investment to make. Contact us right away for a free home visit.

Clean Gutters Prevent Ice Dams

Ice dams can be found running down the eaves of your home as water collects, freezes, melts, and freezes again. Clogged gutters are one of the main reasons an ice dam will form in the winter. When water cannot drain properly, it will turn into a solid block of ice inside of the gutter. As more water accumulates from either rain or melting snow from your roof, the ice dam increases in size. These often lead to fascia damage, leaks at the eaves, collapsing gutters, and damaged shingles.

Ferguson Roofing’s Winter Tip #2

The obvious takeaway here is to clean your gutters. Nine out of ten times, gutters are clogged because a homeowner does not have a gutter protection system installed. We have three available options including the EZ-Lock Gutter Guard, Eco Guard, and Leaf Relief systems. Next, thoroughly inspect your gutters. Are they properly secured, large enough, pitched correctly, or do you need a drip edge? These are all issues to discuss with one of our professionals.

Quality Windows Eliminate Cold Spots

Cold spots are famous for surprising people as they walk by or sit down next to a window. How is the cold air getting through? All it takes is a tiny gap in the frame. There’s also a chance that instead of feeling a cold spot, you can hear the wind blowing or traffic outside. These are sure signs that the warm air your furnace works so hard to produce is getting out as well. That means your energy bill is higher and your house is not as cozy as it once was.

Ferguson Roofing’s Winter Tip #3

Replace any windows that produce cold spots with our double-paned windows, which are built with a re-enforced sash and made with Low E and argon gas. Low E keeps out UV-rays while argon gas increases the windows’ insulation. These will give your home a fresh look, more comfort, and save you money on utility bills.

Waterproofed Decks Withstand Winter Weather

While the winter weather is a beautiful sight to behold, it can also wreak havoc on decks. Left unprotected, water from melting ice and snow can seep into the wood and eventually damage the overall structure. This includes warping, cracking, and even peeling.

Ferguson Roofing’s Winter Tip #4

Give your deck as much care as your do the rest of your home by applying Dec-Tec to it. This product waterproofs existing decks, balconies, and more. It’s also slip-resistant, textured, and eliminates any concerns for cracking, mold, and annual maintenance in general. We have three lines of this applicator including Classic, Natural, and CoolStep.

If you are interested in working with Ferguson Roofing this winter, call us at (314) 521-6917 in Missouri or (618) 212-1912 in Illinois.