The winter may be harsh on your commute to work or your general demeanor, but it is even harsher on the exterior of your home. Cold weather, ice, and snow can wreak havoc on your home’s exterior, especially your roof. As a homeowner, you know that taking certain precautions before winter comes can help you avoid costly repairs once winter is over.

When it comes to winterizing your home, be sure to focus on the roof, as this is one of the most costly items of your home to repair or replace. Here are five ways to take care of your roof during the winter.

  1. Check your home’s interior ceilings.

Before winter arrives, go through your home and inspect every corner of your ceilings. Look for cracks and damage, and then get those areas fixed before winter. Most cracks and damaged areas could be a sign of damage on your roof, and it’s best to have these issues addressed before snow, ice and cold make their way into your home, causing more expensive damage.

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  1. Ensure your home is properly insulated.

Be sure that all areas of your home are properly insulated, especially your ceilings. Remember that heat rises, and if you don’t have proper insulation in your ceilings, you could be losing all your heat through your attic. If this happens, you’ll end up spending a fortune on your energy bills because your thermostat will never recognize that your home has reached its desired temperature.

  1. Clean your gutters.

Before the weather gets too cold, get outside and clean out your gutters. The fall has likely left a large amount of leaves in your gutter, and these leaves will freeze and clog your gutters if you don’t clean them out. Not only will these frozen leaves block water from traveling through the gutters away from your home and roof, but it can also create extra weight to your gutters, causing them to crack or break completely.

  1. Inspect your attic.

Do a thorough investigation of your attic and ensure that it is both ventilating properly and insulated properly. If you lack ventilation or insulation, get this fixed before winter. If your home isn’t properly ventilating, it could cause icicles to form on your home. While you may not think this is a big deal, it’s actually a sign of improper ventilation. You also want to make sure your attic is properly insulated to keep the necessary heat in your home from escaping.

  1. Complete roof repairs before winter.

Make sure that you thoroughly inspect the outside of your roof before winter and make any repairs right away. Look for loose or missing shingles and have them replaced as soon as possible. If you don’t, this could cause water to get into your home, causing more damage. Plus, repairing them now can keep the damage from getting worse throughout the winter, which could be a cost savings for you.

If you have any skylights in your roof, be sure that the seal is not broken. If it is, be sure to fix this issue with a new layer of caulk or sealant. Having all of these issues addressed now will keep you from having to make them when the weather is inclement.