31 Dec Winter Roof Maintenance Tips
Winter can be tough on your roof. Cold conditions, heavy storms and fluctuating temperatures can cause serious damage. To protect your investment in your home and keep your roof in good condition, keep the following in mind:
Inspect the roof and gutters for damage.
This is especially important after high windows, snow storms or a cold streak. Make sure that no shingles have been damaged or removed and that the gutters are in good shape.
If there is damage to either, they should be repaired quickly. Shingles can crack or break easily, so the job should be trusted to skilled roofing contractors. The gutters are also important, as they help route water away from your home.
Remove excess snow.
Excess snow on the roof can be removed using a roof rake. Make sure that you are on level and sturdy ground when raking. You should also ensure that the fascia and downspouts are not clogged with ice, snow or debris like fallen leaves or branches. Keeping these clear helps ensure that moisture does not stay on your home where it can cause damage.
Keep flashing and your chimney in good repair.
Your flashing keeps moisture out of your attic and protects against damage. A qualified professional can ensure that it is in good repair and replace any areas where there is damage.
Cracks or damage along the chimney can get worse when the area is subject to changing temperatures and stress from storms. If you notice any damage, have a roofing contractor out right away. They can come out on a day that is conducive to repairs and get it back to rights.
Beware of ice dams.
Ice dams form when warmth escaping your roof melts snow, which then refreezes. The ice can cause stress on your roof, damaging shingles and even allowing water to stream into your attic. If your attic is not already well-insulated, consider making an investment in insulation to protect your roof. You should also visually inspect the roof frequently, especially after thaws and freezes, to make sure that an ice dam is not threatening the structure.
Is it time for a roof replacement?
If your roof is excessively worn, it may not protect your home through the winter. Even in winter, roofing types that include shingles, wood and metal can be replaced. Do not put the job off until spring, as any problems that exist may get worse and may threaten the structure of your home.
Careful maintenance throughout the season and the year can prevent damage and extend the life of your roof. If you notice a problem with your roof, it’s important to take care of it right away. The longer you wait, the more serious the problem will get. We have highly trained and skilled roofing contractors who can assess the job and get it done right. Call today.