What can you do in the middle of winter to prevent roof damage?


What can you do in the middle of winter to prevent roof damage?

Let’s look at how you can prevent roof damage during the cooler winter months and ensure the protection of your home and all it contains.

Clear all debris as safety allows.

Make sure your roof, gutters, and downspouts are free of debris. Remove pine needles, leaves, twigs, and anything else that accumulates. Do this as a prevention on non-precipitation days and use a ladder safely. Consider hiring a roofing or gutter professional for this task, and get a head start next year in the fall.

Remove snow and ice.

Our North Carolina winters are usually a bit mild. But lately, it’s been colder, and our roofs can suffer from occasional snow and ice storms. Though often lovely from a distance, snow remaining on your roof for too long can cause damage.

Along with ice, snow adds weight to your roof. As the snow melts, it can create ice dams caused by re-freezing when temperatures drop (usually overnight). Melted snow and ice harden again, backing up any run-off of precipitation. This can loosen your shingles or even create a leakage. Ice dams wreak havoc on your gutters, too.

Remove all ice and snow from your roof as quickly and thoroughly as possible to keep it dry longer. These conditions can make the surfaces slippery, so it’s often wise to hire a roofing professional to take care of the issue.

Check your attic ventilation.

The performance of your attic directly impacts the performance of your roof. If poorly ventilated or insulated. Keeping the airflow in your attic consistent helps your roof maintain its integrity.

Get a professional roof inspection.

While you can complete these winter roof maintenance tasks yourself, as roofing professionals, we can quickly and safely discover and address issues that comprise the protection of your home.

Want to avoid roof damage for the rest of this year and for decades to come?

A metal roofing system from McCarthy Metal Roofing will permanently address and eliminate these and many other roof performance issues. Ask us how.