Winter Roof Maintenance Tips

While keeping your roof in good shape is something you should be doing year-round, it’s especially important to be diligent about roof maintenance in the winter.

 

To help make sure your roof stays properly maintained, follow the five tips listed below.

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  1. Clear away snow immediately.

 

Untouched snow on the roof might look pretty, but it can pose a serious safety risk if left alone.

 

First, snow is quite heavy, and the extra weight can further weaken any spots that might already be susceptible to damage. Additionally, as the snow begins to melt and refreeze, it can create dangerous “ice dams” that can block gutters, loosen shingles or cause leaks.

 

  1. Check your gutters.

 

Gutters allow moisture to flow safely away from your roof, but if snow and ice build-up in them, this moisture is instead left to soak into the flashing and wreak havoc. It’s also important to remember that ice and snow are heavy, which means that clogged gutters could become weak and tear away from your house.

 

Be sure to check and clear your gutters at the first signs of buildup. It may also be wise to invest in covers for your gutters if your area gets frequent snow or ice.

 

  1. Get a professional inspection.

 

If you live in an area that has long or harsh winters, it’s wise to have your roof inspected before the first snow. Roofing professionals will be able to help you make sure that any potential problems are addressed quickly so that you can feel safe and secure.

 

  1. Inspect your attic.

 

Homeowners are often surprised to learn that the attic is a crucial component of maintaining the roof. Keeping your attic properly vented and well-insulated helps to protect it from the harsh weather, and it also helps to limit the amount of moisture that lingers, which is a contributing factor to structural weakness.

 

  1. Clean up outdoor debris.

 

Loose leaves, branches, pine needles and general gunk can accumulate not only on your roof but also on your gutters, flashing and downspouts. Clearing away all debris from these areas helps to minimize the potential damage that a heavy snowstorm can cause.

 

It’s not safe to climb on your roof during the winter months, so it’s best to start doing this throughout the autumn whenever possible.

 

Stay Safe This Winter

 

The five tips above are all small, simple things that you can do to ensure that your roof stays strong and secure all winter long. If you need assistance with your commercial or residence roof, contact us at Macbeth Roofing.

 

 

 

 

 

5 Roof Resolutions to Keep in 2020

Your home is only as good as its roof, so it’s wise to invest the time and money necessary into maintaining and repairing it as needed. This is especially true if you’ve recently had a new roof installed.

 

To extend the life of your roof, add this list of five simple tasks to your 2020 resolutions so that you can reap the benefits for years to come.

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  1. Ventilate your attic.

 

Many people don’t realize that proper ventilation not only saves on heating and cooling costs, but it also helps to maintain the integrity of your roof.

 

Installing the proper vents for the slope and style of your roof will allow for airflow that keeps the humidity levels of the attic low. Too much moisture in the attic can harm both the insulation and the roof of your home, so this is a simple yet important resolution to keep.

 

  1. Maintain your gutters.

 

When your gutters are clogged or in disrepair, it can allow water to pool along the edges of the roof and cause serious damage. We recommend cleaning your gutters at least twice a year, and you should inspect them at least that often.

 

  1. Get a professional inspection.

 

About once every other year, it’s a good idea to schedule an inspection to be done by roofing experts. A professional can give you preventive maintenance tips and point out issues that need to be addressed so that you don’t have to go through the cost and hassle of replacing the entire structure prematurely.

 

  1. Keep a clear perimeter.

 

It’s important to clear away trees or branches that lean over your roof. Large branches can fall and damage it, and small branches can badly scratch it over time. In addition, leaves that get stuck can trap moisture and cause premature harm.

 

Simply trim back any branches that could come in contact with your roof, and this will go a long way toward preserving it for years to come.

 

  1. Perform small repairs immediately.

 

It might seem unnecessary to immediately replace a worn or missing shingle or to take the time to repair minor gutter issues right away. However, performing these small fixes as soon as you notice them can save you headaches and a much larger bill down the road.

 

 

Resolve to Maintain Your Roof in 2020

 

Roof maintenance might seem tedious, but it doesn’t have to be. These five resolutions are small, simple tasks that can make a huge difference in the life of your roof. For more information about roof maintenance, contact us at Macbeth Roofing.

 

 

 

 

 

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