Although Florida winter lows seldom drop below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, there are still a number of tasks you should put on your “to do” list this fall. In this post, we’ll take a closer look at what you should be doing to protect your Florida home this winter:
Winter Preparation in Florida
Clear Gutters and Downspouts
Routine cleaning of gutters and downspouts is something that you should be doing anywhere you live, and Florida is no exception. Over time, leaves, branches and other debris have the tendency to build up in your gutters. If left unattended, they can prevent water runoff from properly draining and also add weight to the gutters – potentially causing them to sag away from the roofline. If water doesn’t drain properly away from your home, there’s the potential for foundation erosion and even water intrusion.
Tune Up Your HVAC System
While Florida boasts favorable year-round temperatures, there are days during the winter months where the lows dip below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. And when this happens, you’ll need your furnace to stay comfortable. Now is a great time to have your HVAC system tuned up and your furnace air filter replaced to ensure that it’s in good working condition for when you need it this winter. Addressing small problems now can prevent a much bigger problem from taking place when you need the comforts of your HVAC system the most.
If you live in an area with lots of trees, consider having them trimmed away from your property. This is especially relevant in Florida, where winds tend to get gusty and could cause branches to scratch your home or fall onto your roof, potentially causing damage.
Have Your Roof Inspected
Finally, fall is an ideal time to have your roof professionally inspected so that any damage or issues can be corrected before the winter months and your roof remains in good condition. If you’re comfortable with heights and physically able to, this is something that you can do yourself. If you’re not, we suggest hiring a professional roofing contractor to come perform this task for you. Following the roofing inspection, be sure to carry out any repairs if necessary. Depending on the age and condition of your roof, you may even want to consider a replacement.
Contact Perry Roofing Today
For more information on winter preparation tips in Florida and to schedule a roof inspection, contact Perry Roofing today.