How are your Christmas preparations going? Are you having a lot of fun with your family decking out the tree and mounting some fairy lights outside? What about the roof of your house – is it strong and stable enough to protect your house this winter?
Your attic is the one place in your house that’s going to be most affected by the winter weather. It’s directly underneath the roof, and it’s your last line of defense between the elements outside and your cozy and comfortable bedroom! So you’re going to need to make sure it’ll hold up against the outside world during this festive season, just to be sure your Christmas is as enjoyable as ever. So here’s a couple of things to keep in mind about your attic care.
Is the insulation under your tiles thick enough for the season?
Clean the Gutters
The gutters aren’t inside your attic, of course, but they can cause it some serious trouble if they’re not taken care of. All roofs have guttering lined alongside the edges, and it’s these that make sure all the water, snow, ice, and sludge are being deposited back onto the ground where it’s much safer. So if these gutters get blocked, as they’re wont to do during winter, they might freeze, expand, and then crack, causing leaks to drip into the interior. Not to mention the high-speed winds that might just dislodge them completely!
Insulate the Interior
The interior of your attic can be a temperamental place when it comes to temperature. It might get boiling hot up there, it might get freezing cold, even though the rest of the house is at the perfect temperature for relaxing in. All in all, it depends on the temperature outside, and just how much air is seeping in and out.
So you’re going to need some thicker insulation, and hopefully, you’ll be able to get padding of at least 14 inches installed in your property. Get it lined on the floors, and the get it lined on the walls, as your ceiling into the rest of your property is what needs protecting more than anything else.
Phone a Professional
Your roof isn’t usually a place you can access on your own, and so you’re going to need to rely on the professionals around this time of year. Even if you don’t believe you have any problems with your roof at the moment, it might be a good idea to get in touch with some roofing contractors just to be sure. They can mount their ladders, take a peek, and immediately point out where the structural integrity of your house’s main defense against the elements is failing you.
Your attic might not be ready for the winter this year, especially if you haven’t taken any preventative measures in recent memory. Be sure to get it looked at for this festive season, as only then will you be able to relax in the comfort that the weather outside is frightful!