Tips to Care for your Roof During Winter
Winter brings extra wear and tear to your roof. It’s just as simple as that, but how can you prevent this from happening? Well, unfortunately, you can’t prevent it one hundred percent, but you can do the steps below to mitigate the wrath of Mother Nature as much as possible.
Protect your roof during winter
If you encounter any problem completing these tasks it may be a good idea to hire a professional roofing company to inspect and provide the services needed. Save yourself the time and thank yourself later, it is worth it.
Ensure that you have proper insulation in your attic
Any way you look at it, having proper insulation in your attic is a win-win situation. From a general heating aspect, insulation will help keep your home warmer during the winter. This alleviates higher utility bills and overuse of your furnace or heating units. Attic insulation will also help to keep your roof warmer. This will allow snow and ice to melt at a faster rate, thus lowering the pressure from weight as snow continues to compact itself with each passing storm.
Remove debris before snowfall
It’s extremely important to remove any branches that may be hanging over your roof potentially shedding leaves into your gutters. Large amounts of leaves and other debris will collect in overhangs and clog your gutters. The debris along with snow can create far more weight than necessary on your roof. So go out there and clean out the debris.
Clean out the gutters and drains
Clean gutters and drainpipes help drain all the water from your roof as snow and ice start to melt. If water collects in the gutters, it can pose a problem as the temperature drops overnight. Clogged gutters may lead to ice damming in your downspouts and gutters. Ice dams keep constant moisture around your home, potentially causing water damage on your house’s siding and foundation.
Clear snow and ice as soon as possible
Remove any snow that is within four feet of your drains and gutters to improve your drainage. Roof rakes/snow cutters are awesome tools to clear the snow from your roof. This will prevent retaining unnecessary weight. The snow may look perfect for a postcard picture, but it is far more damaging that beautiful.
Inspect your roof consistently
Obviously, try not to climb your roof during the winter months, there is a high chance there is ice on your roof making it slippery and dangerous. Instead, walk around the outside of your home and look for visible sagging. If you notice any problems hire a local contractor to inspect your roof.
There are a lot of things you can do to keep your roof safe and at its most peak performance during the winter. Being as proactive as possible is a huge start. But, in most cases hiring a professional with the right tools and safety equipment is the best way to ensure your roof is getting all in needs to maintain your roof.