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Winter is coming – expect the unexpected!


We’re days away from dropping the puck to start the NHL’s regular season. That means 82 games in which anything can happen. It’s also a sign that winter is right around the corner and, as with hockey, we should expect the unexpected.

Mostly Cold & More Snowy

The old farmer's almanac weather map for winter 2018-19

Source: Old Farmer’s Almanac

According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, we should expect colder-than-normal temperatures and above-normal snowfall this winter. This may not have been the forecast we were hoping for, but it comes as no surprise.

A Little Preparation

As “Northerners,” we’re accustomed to harsh winters. We look forward to the change in seasons and take pride in our ability to conquer the elements.  We’ve found that with a little preparation in the fall, we can stave off significant issues in the spring.

Before the first snowflakes fall, we’ll –

  • Swap the shorts & tee shirts for pants & sweaters
  • Rake the leaves and stock the woodpile
  • Mount the snow tires and ready the de-icer

Protecting Your Investment

Now’s also the time to make sure your roof is ready for winter. For most of us, our home is our most valued investment. Unfortunately, we don’t give our roof the attention it needs until it’s too late.

Check for loose shingles and flashing Clean the gutters and downspouts Ensure your attic insulation is adequate

While the leaves are falling, you’ll want to –

  • Check for loose shingles and flashing
  • Clean the gutters and downspouts
  • Ensure your attic insulation is adequate

With average homeowner claims for winter damage exceeding $5,875, these simple maintenance steps can put you in the best position to manage the coming flurries.

Keeping Snow off the Roof

To avoid ice dams and snow loading this winter, you’ll want to keep your roof clear of snow. With easy-to-use snow removal tools, like SnowPeeler and SnowPeeler Premium, you can safely and quickly clear rooftop snow faster than traditional rakes and shovels. By clearing just 2-3 feet from your lower roof, you can minimize the conditions for ice dams.

A few preventative steps in the fall and winter can lessen the potential for the unexpected in the spring. You can worry less about your home and keep the stress for hockey.  After all, you’ve got seven long months during which anything can happen!

Easily remove the snow accumulated on the roof with the SnowPeeler!

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