Although snow is beautiful to look at from the inside on a cold winter day, snow is a common enemy for your roof. As snow begins to pile up, (and as a New Englander the snow CAN pile up) it turns into a truly heavy burden on your roof. Snow, half melted snow, and refreezing, only adds to the determent that can be harmful to your roof.
Preventing winter roof damage is always better to try then having to repair it after the damage is already done. It's essential to regularly inspect and maintain your roof to avoid issues and hazardous situations when the snow piles on, and it will! As a roofing expert, we recommend inspecting your roof twice a year, once before winter hits, and once again after winter has passed to check to make sure your roof weathered the winter safely. When inspecting your roof, there are a few things you should look out for:
Damaged or Missing Shingles
Any issues with damaged or missing shingles can prove to be not only a problem for your roof, but can even spread to your home. A damaged roof can lead to unwanted leaks in your roof that can trickle down to your attic and eventually rot the wood beneath. This is an especially large problem in winter as the water gets under the shingles and freezes causing further damage to your roof as it expands.
Blocked or Broken Gutters
If you didn't get a chance to inspect your gutters during the fall, it's important that before the heavy snow comes you take a look to ensure they are in proper working order. Gutters that are blocked or clogged by debris can cause water that should run off your roof to not causing further ice freezing damage to your roof. This can even damage your gutter system which in turn can also prove to be a costly expense for any home owner.
Winter Weather Roofing Blues
If you do happen to find any damage to your roof or it's components, you will need to call a roofing contractor to assess the damage as soon as possible. That way, you can have to problem repaired or replaced before any other issues arise. If you happen to notice any issues during the winter months, it's never a good idea to assume you MUST wait until the spring to have anything looked at or repaired. Most roofing contractors are still able to do home assessments during the winter season. If you can't get a contractor out right away to look at your roof, put a tarp over the damage area to prevent further damage!
4 Quick and Easy Ways To Ensure your Roof is Safe
1. Keep your roof clean. Debris is one of the most common leading causes of roof damage and leaks. Make sure you clear your roof of leaves, branches, and any other junk that can get lodged up there!
2. Trim your trees! If you have any tree branches that could potentially fall onto your home, make sure you trim them back so they can't fall and damage your home, or become stuck into your gutter system.
3. Clean your gutters. If you don't, or haven't cleaned your gutters, it's of vital importance for the health and safety of your home. Clogged gutters can lead to ice dams which can cause major issues for your attic and even your upper floors.
4. Add insulation to your attic. A well insulated attic can prevent unwanted roof leaks. Escaping heat from your attic can help to melt the snow on your roof essentially causing the leaks you don't want to have.