Winter can be a difficult time for your roof, especially when you consider the impacts of snow, high winds, and cold temperatures. Addressing common threats quickly can reduce the likelihood of damage or a roof collapse.

Fix And Clean Your Gutters

You may find you need to clean your gutters more often as winter approaches, since leaves are steadily falling and risk clogging your gutters. Try doing weekly inspections of your gutters to find areas that require repair and to remove leaves and other debris. Keeping your gutters clear will make it easier to direct water away from your roof quickly, especially when the temperature drops below freezing and precipitation will likely turn into ice. Additionally, when frozen precipitation falls, such as sleet, freezing rain, and/or snow, the sooner it melts and is directed away from the roof, the less likely it will continuously refreeze.

Buy A Snow Rake

When it snows, sitting by and hoping mother nature will take care of the problem is not always enough. If you know the day and/or night temperatures will dip back below freezing after a snow fall, it is essential to remove some of the snow yourself. Using a snow rake will help you speed the process of melting by removing some of the snow on your own. Although the weight of snow on your roof can cause considerable damage if enough snow has fallen, you need to be more concerned about the refreezing of snow. Several inches of fluffy snow on your roof is lightweight and may blow off throughout the course of the day, but as it refreezes and turns to ice, it becomes denser and harder to remove. Additionally, the constant thaw and refreezing pattern may exploit cracks in your roof.

Increase Your Insulation

Although you may not think about insulation inside your home and how it affects your roof, having adequate insulation can prevent your household temperature from creating a problem outside. Ice dams occur when sheets of ice form on the roof, and a major cause of ice dams is when heat escapes from the upper levels of your home through the roof. Instead of snow sitting on top of the roof and staying in the form of snow, it melts slightly due to the warmer roof, and refreezes, turning into ice. When your roof is properly insulated, the problem of ice damns is reduced and you will retain heat within the living spaces.

Caring for your roof during the winter can be labor-intensive, but it is worth the effort to prevent significant problems. Minimizing snow and ice accumulation will help maintain the integrity of your roof and reduce the need for repairs.