Protecting Your Roof During The Winter Months: A Primer

As the winter months approach, one of the biggest issues that should concern you as a homeowner is making sure your roof is properly protected from the cold and elements. Ice and snow can provide headaches for any homeowner, as they can easily damage your roof. Throughout the course of this brief guide, you will learn about just a few ways you can go about protecting your roof from the harsh extremities of winter.

Examine Your Roof Deck After Snow

Just as taking preventative measures is important, so is taking a critical approach to your roof after a large snowfall. Even if you believe that the snowfall you received was relatively minor, it is still within your best interest to climb to the top of your roof and give it a solid once over. Although you should check your shingles for damage, make sure to not skimp out on other areas that may have been subjected to damage. Check the roof's flashing and joint membranes to make sure that they are not rusted or have been dislodged due to excess moisture that's found its way under them due to the glut of snow.

Watch For A Sagging Roof

After – or during – a heavy snow or ice storm, keep an eye on your roof. You don't necessarily have to make a dangerous trek on top of the roof, but keep an eye on your ceilings and, if you can, make your way to the attic so you can check the interior of your roof. A sagging roof usually means an excess of snow or ice, which can also lead to leaking. This can lead to an excess of snow or ice creating damage to your ceilings, as well. If you notice water damage to your ceilings, be acutely aware that this could be a sign that your roof is suffering from a heavy weight and, if left untouched, could collapse.

Remove Debris From Your Roof

Keep abreast of your local weather conditions. If you know that a winter storm is heading your way, make your way to your roof before the storm hits. It is imperative that you remove any debris or foreign objects that have made your way onto your roof, including branches and leaves. The weight that a snow or ice storm can levy on your roof can be quite massive, but this, combined with the weight of foreign objects already present on your roof, could be the difference between it remaining safe and it collapsing.

For more information, contact FirstChoice Exteriors or a similar company.