At Exterior Remodel & Design, Inc., we push the importance of preparing your roof for winter and cold weather. But proper roof maintenance doesn’t stop there: just because it’s cold and icy outside doesn’t mean you get a break from roof maintenance. This article presents a variety of our top recommendations for maintaining your roof during the winter.
Snow can seem light and pretty when it first falls from the sky, but as it collects on your roof it can increase in weight and comprise the strength and stability of your roof. In addition to heavy weight, the freezing temperature of snow can cause cracks, and melting snow can create ice dams on the edges of your roof. The best way to avoid issues from snow is to remove it from your roof as soon as possible. Learn how to safely remove snow from your roof.
As important as it is to clear out branches and other debris before winter, it’s just as important to regularly check through the season to ensure the quality of your roof. This is especially important on or after days with heavy winds, which can cause shingles to be ripped up, tree debris to accumulate on your roof’s surface, and even trash to catch on parts of your roof. If you have time, learn how to prepare your roof for winter winds before they occur.
Every year, your house endures fluctuating temperatures and weather elements. Over time this can warp or loosen your roof’s flashing. A damaged flashing can result in interior water damage, corrosion, and warping. If you see that your flashing is damaged, it’s vital to get it repaired as soon as you can, even if it’s during winter months. Learn how you can spot flashing damage.
Do you know what happens when debris and snow get caught in your gutters as temperatures drop below freezing? Your gutters freeze and icicles are built up, weakening your gutters, and causing structural damage to your roof. If you see icicles hanging from your gutters, then you’ll know there is build-up in your gutters and you should immediately work to clear them out.
Check Attic Ventilation
If you have easy access to your attic, regularly check its ventilation and insulation to ensure there aren’t leaks or cracks in your roof. Ice dams are a big issue during the winter and can easily be created without proper attic ventilation. If you don’t have easy access to your attic, contact us for our professionals to properly inspect your ventilation. Learn how you can manage the moisture in your home.
At Exterior Remodel & Design, Inc., our roofing professionals are available during the winter to provide you with in-depth roofing inspections and repairs. Contact us for a quote or to schedule an appointment.