Winter Roof Maintenance 101

It is important to maintain your roof all year, but depending on your location, it may be more important during the winter. For example, there is typically an abundance of snow during a Canadian winter which would require additional maintenance. Properly taking care of your roof during the winter can prevent premature damage and extend the life of your roof for better value and savings.

It is important to clean your gutters out before it begins to snow to prevent the buildup of ice which can leak into your attic, damage gutters, downspouts or other parts of the roof. The clogs can also form large hanging icicles, which can be dangerous if they fall and hit someone. 

A Canadian winter has heavy snowfall and it is important to remove snow immediately in these types of climates. Snow build-up can be very heavy and weaken the the roof or in extreme cases cause it to collapse. When cleaning snow from the roof, use an ice rake designed for the job because improper tools could damage the roof. You can also try heating cables, although they must be installed in an extremely meticulous manner if they are to be effective. There’s also no shame in calling in a professional for snow removal, it’s easy to hurt yourself if you aren’t accustomed to walking on a roof and you don’t want to end up in the hospital. Don’t be a hero this winter, call a capable roofer to do the job.

Thoroughly inspect or have your roof inspected by a professional prior to winter to correct any problems, because the winter could make minor problems worse or more difficult to fix in the long run. Failures usually occur at the most inconvenient times and it is important to find reliable roofers to do any inspections or repairs. Make sure you survey online reviews, call and if possible visit the roofing company you are considering hiring to make sure that they take their work seriously – make sure you get your roof fixed by the pros and not some amateurs.

Check to make sure the attic is properly insulated because attic insulation helps prevent ice and snow buildup on the roof. Rolled insulation on the roof of the attic is the best option to protect the roof because insulation sprayed on the floor of the attic does not achieve the same results. 

If the roof is in need of replacement, it is best to have it done prior to winter, because some roof types can’t be done during the winter. Plus, the job will we more hazardous in cold weather.

The biggest concern for roofs during the winter is usually snow and there are a variety of ways to minimize the effects of snow. A roof heating system can be used in climates with high snowfall and it can be manually turned on to quickly melt snow or ice. Roof salt is a cheaper option that can be used to prevent snow and ice buildup and gutter screens are also a good option to prevent ice, snow, or other debris from building up in the gutters.

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