When it comes to your home, one of the most important maintenance tasks you should keep in mind is taking care of your roof. Your roof protects your home from the elements all year round and is a major source of insulation and heat transfer protection. Because of this, it should be one of your top maintenance priorities. With winter upon you, you may find yourself wondering what you can or should do to maintain and care for your roof throughout the cold season. Get to know some winter roof maintenance tips that can help you keep up with your roof when the winter chill sets in.
Make Sure Your Gutters Are Debris-Free
The gutters on your home are an important part of your roofing system. They are the drainage system for moisture on your roof and help to carry and direct that moisture away from your foundation and your home in general. However, if your gutters are clogged up with debris, they will not be able to serve their purpose properly.
One of the most important steps to take as fall transitions into winter (and before your roof is covered in snow and/or ice) is to clear out those gutters of leaves and branches (and other debris). This will allow your gutters to drain out ice and snow melt well and prevent your gutters from overflowing which would cause water to pool around your foundation.
Clear Off Snow Regularly
While most people do not bother, it is actually quite important to try to clear snow off your roof as soon as possible after a major snow storm. When large amounts of snow are on your roof, they add a great deal of weight putting strain on the roofing structure. Additionally, the longer snow stays on your roof, the more chance it has to leak moisture through any cracks or other damage to your roof.
You need to be very careful when clearing snow off of your roof. You do not want to climb up on your roof when there is any moisture on it, including snow and ice. You can use a long-handled push broom to clear some snow off the roof, but if you cannot reach both sides of your roof or would need to be on a tall extension ladder to perform this work, you should have a professional roofing contractor come and take care of the snow for you.
Inspect Your Roof After Major Storms
If you are in an area prone to severe winter storms, you will want to inspect your roof after major storms, even if snowfall was light. High winds that come along with blizzards and severe winter storms can tear shingles off roofs and cause other significant damage. Because of this, you will want to inspect your roof after storms.
If you can see your roof clearly from the ground, just go outside and try to look for something out of the ordinary. You can also get on a ladder to get a closer look. However, it is still not recommended you get on the roof itself if any moisture is present. You can also have your residential roofing contractor come out and do a basic inspection and any necessary repairs after major storms.
Knowing these winter roof maintenance tips, you can be sure you take the best possible care of your roof this winter.