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5 Cold Weather Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Roof Safe

Feb 3rd, 2021 // Blog

If you’re not a winter person, the weather outside is probably frightful—but it’s also posing issues for your roof (which is also frightening). Extreme temperatures, storms, freezing, dense precipitation can all lead to mild to severe damage that can take your roof from strong to weak in no time. 

To prevent damage and protect your roof during the coldest months, follow these simple tips. 

Remove Snow—Fast 

A light dusting of the fluffy white stuff is fine. It usually dissipates before it even hits the ground. However, if you’re getting pounded with inches upon inches of thick, heavy snowfall, you will want to remove it from your roof as soon as it’s safe.

When dense snow sits on your roof, it adds additional weight and moisture. This means that if there was any previous damage—even tiny holes from hanging decorations or slight warping—the weight and wetness of the snow can transform these small issues into major ones. 

To keep your roof from developing problems, remove the snow as quickly as possible. If you aren’t comfortable climbing your roof in winter conditions, call in the professionals for removal. 

Watch out for Wind

We usually think of snow, ice, and sleet when we think of damaging  winter weather, but wind can be just as bad. When winds reach high mphs, they can damage or completely rip off shingles, as well as cause deterioration. If you experience severe winds, be sure to check your roof when the weather is safe for any missing shingles or tears, broken gutters, and any other damage to your roofing materials. 

Leaving the damage can lead to leaks and other problems down the road, which are far more costly. 

Repair Flashing 

Roof flashing is a thin layer, usually made of steel, that is placed near areas on your roof that need extra protection from water, such as vents, skylights, chimneys, and dormers. If the flashing becomes weakened by the cold or storms, it can lead to leaks and moisture build-up. 

If you notice that your flashing looks damaged, it’s important to inspect the condition immediately. If you aren’t sure what to look for or don’t feel comfortable climbing your roof in the winter, call the professionals to conduct an inspection and proceed with any repairs your flashing may need. 

Clear Debris 

While this is something that should be done in the fall before winter hits, us Midwesterns know that winter weather can be unpredictable. Sometimes, warm fronts come through, melt all the snow and ice, and it feels a bit like spring for a brief period. These shifts in temperature can lead to debris piling up on your roof. 

Twigs, pine needles, and other materials that either fall from nearby trees or fall into gutters from being trapped under snow can pile up and cause blockages in gutters. This can lead to backup moisture and damage when the next snowfall, sleet, or rain hits. 

Check your roof throughout the winter, especially when warmer weather sneaks in, to ensure your gutters are clear and there is no debris backing up in any hidden nooks and crannies. 

Call in the Professionals

This tip deserves its own section. Winter is no time to be climbing roofs and scaling shingles if you aren’t prepared or don’t feel comfortable. If you feel there is something wrong with your roof or suspect damage, give us a call. We have the tools and the skills necessary to properly inspect your roof for damage and rectify any immediate needs.

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