Winter brings with it so many wonderful things: holiday traditions, New Year’s, and beautiful snowfall if you’re lucky enough to see some! However, at some point, this fine white powder can wreak havoc on your roof if you’re not careful!
While it may look like a beautiful scene from a Hallmark Christmas movie, a roof completely packed down with snow can lead to many roof care issues. But have no fear! There are plenty of things you can do to make sure that snow is enjoyable and peaceful, rather than a pain this winter.
Winter Roof Care
It may not seem obvious, but practicing proper roof care during the winter months is just as important as doing so for the rest of the year. One thing that is cause for concern? Snow collecting on your roof. We’ve compiled a few tips to help you and your roof sail through the winter months without significant damage or need for major roof repairs.
Tips for Winter Roof Care:
- Remove snow on the roof ASAP
- Clear roof debris before the storm
- Inspect flashing
- Call for a roofing inspection
- Clearing out your gutters
- Remove Snow on the Roof ASAP
As beautiful as it may be, a blanket of snow covering your roof can spell trouble in the long run. Although most roofs are made to withstand 20 pounds of weight per square foot, a large amount of snow can put a lot of undue stress on your roof, and ultimately your house.
Does your house have snow on the roof? Call a roofing professional or grab a plastic rake and head up to your roof yourself to remove the snow and other debris. A word of caution: do not shovel snow. By using a plastic roof rake, you can ensure that you do not damage the shingles under all the snow. A good rule of thumb: try to rake the snow off your roof for every six inches of snow accumulation.
Proceed with caution if you intend to remove snow on the roof yourself, as it can become very slippery. Investing in a roof rake with a long arm that can reach your roof without you physically climbing up there is an excellent investment! Otherwise, call your trusted roofing contractor to take care of it for you.
- Clear Roof Debris Before the Storm
Before the next big winter storm rolls in, it’s essential to make sure your roof is completely clear from all the debris that fall and winter bring. From pinecones to leaves and pine needles, keeping your roof clean and clear helps discourage moisture from snow or ice collecting on your roof.
- Inspect Flashing
Flashing that is in good working order is essential when it comes to keeping winter snow and ice out of your house. If your flashing is warped or loose, it can allow melting snow into your roof, leaking through your ceilings and walls. What starts as a small issue can become a much bigger one very quickly. Inspecting your flashing and shingles is a good rule of thumb during the winter months to protect against roof damage from snow.
- Call for a Roofing Inspection
Whether you’re nervous about climbing up on your roof or prefer not to trudge around on an icy, snowy roof this winter, a roofing contractor can help by coming out to inspect and make repairs to your roof, no matter the weather. Picking a qualified and insured roof care professional is essential to make sure you have the right team on your side, keeping your roof in tip-top shape.
Here at Model City Roofing, we’re proud to offer free cost estimates for residential and commercial roofing projects throughout the Tri-cities area of Tennessee and the Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa and Panama City areas of Florida.
Whomever you choose, we encourage you to research your local roofing contractors before allowing anyone on your roof to ensure they have the proper licenses for roofing repairs.
- Clearing Out Your Gutters
Gutters are the first place any snow or water will accumulate, so if they are already full of debris, where will all the snow go? Your roof. This not only adds weight and strain to your house, but it is also a recipe for disaster if proper roof care doesn’t happen immediately.
If your gutters become full of ice, that’s even more hazardous. Frozen gutters are heavy and have the potential to break off your home completely. This results in some costly and significant damage to your roof.
What is Ice Damming?
Speaking of ice, an ice dam is essentially a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of your roof and prevents snow on the roof from melting and draining to the ground. When it backs up, this icy water can cause damaging leaks that affect walls, ceilings, and insulation. Did you know that most often, ice dams collect at the eaves of your roof, where heat from your attic doesn’t reach to help melt the snow? A great tip-off for where these ice dams are present is by pinpointing locations on your roof where you see a large number of icicles.
Luckily, most standard homeowner’s insurance policies do cover roof damage caused by roof damming. We recommend you check your homeowner’s policy to be sure.
If you are up for climbing on your roof this winter, try this method for getting rid of ice dams on your roof yourself. If you’d prefer a roof care professional to do the heavy lifting, call a trusted company to come out and take care of it for you.
Helping You Weather the Storm
Here at Model City Roofing, we’re proud to help you and your roof weather Mother Nature’s storms, keeping your roof in excellent condition year-round. From snow on the roof to anything else Mother Nature throws your way, we have the roof care experts ready to help out with all of your roofing needs.