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.
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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4.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.
5. 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.