Up On The Rooftop: Preparing Your Roof For Santa's Arrival

by Claude Walters

Before you know it, it will be time for jolly old Saint Nick to come sneaking down the chimney to leave gifts for all the good girls and boys. Unfortunately, while this holiday season will be magical for many families, this magic can quickly turn to disaster if Santa and his reindeer are unable to safely land on your rooftop due to unattended damage. Thankfully, preparing your roof for Santa's arrival, and the cold winter season ahead, can be much easier than you think.

Secure Or Replace Loose Shingles

Loose shingles can quickly become detached as Santa's sleigh comes in for a landing or in high winds. If this happens you could find yourself dealing with a rather serious roof leak. In order to prevent this type of damage, it is important to secure or replace loose shingles before the cold winter season gets into full swing.

If your shingles are simply loose, you should be able to secure these shingles using a few roofing nails. However, if the shingle is also cracked or otherwise damaged, you will need to remove the existing shingle and replace it with a new shingle. When replacing damaged shingles, be sure to use plenty of roofing tar under both the new shingle and the surrounding shingles in order to prevent any leaks from developing.

Check For Adequate Insulation

A lack of insulation in your attic can result in the formation of ice dams on your roof. Not only can these ice dams create an unsafe landing zone for Santa, but they can also result in melting ice dripping into your home, gutters that break under the weight of the ice, and dangerous icicle formations that could potentially fall and injury someone standing outside your home.

In order to prevent the formation of ice dams on your roof this winter, you will need to take a few minutes to check on the insulation in your attic. While your attic may have been properly insulated as recently as last year, it is possible for this insulation to settle over time. When this happens, you will need to add a new layer of insulation to your attic in order to achieve maximum efficiency.

In Conclusion

While the success of your holiday season may not be contingent upon Santa's upcoming visit, the fact is, serious roofing problems can easily throw a wrench into any holiday celebration. So before you pop that turkey in the oven or place your wrapped gifts beneath the tree, be sure to make time to perform a bit of winter maintenance on your roof.