Each season brings a variety of different challenges in terms of protecting and maintaining your roof. While the hot summer weather causes heat-related problems, winter weather brings its own unique set of concerns. The harsh winter weather can take a toll on your roof, even more so if your roof already has some minor damage. If you don’t act now, you may need significant and costly repairs or possible replacement during the coldest part of the year. The experts at Nickerson Roofing can provide professional roofing inspections, repairs, or replacement services to keep you dry and comfortable all winter long.
Winter Roof Maintenance Tips
Keep Roof Clean – Just like the old saying goes; “prevention is better than cure.” Maintaining your roof before the cold weather sets in will go along way to keeping it preserved during the inclement weather. Clean out your gutters and downspouts and remove any debris such as leaves and branches on your roof or the overhanging.
Inspect Attic Insulation: Good quality attic insulation will keep your home cool during the summer months and warm in winter. Attic insulation will also keep your roof warmer while improving your roof’s resistance to weather conditions, including ice and snow. Insulation works by helping snow and ice melt faster, reduce the amount of weight on your roof, and protect it from damage.
Schedule a Roofing Inspection: You should have your roof professionally inspected to ensure that it is in good working order. Most homeowners elect to have their roofs inspected and reviewed twice a year, once in the spring and once in the early fall. A professional roof inspection will not only detect significant problems; it can also find smaller issues to give you an opportunity to get them repaired before you need a costly emergency roof replacement. Your Nickerson Roofing repair professional will scrutinize your roof for signs of damage. Depending on the roofing material, this may include cracks, rust, buckling, damaged or missing shingles, or popped nails.
Take Care of Your Roof During Ice & Snow: Few homeowners realize just how important it is to remove ice and snow accumulation from their roofs. Snow causes ice dams, and ice dams will not only damage your roof; they can also cause significant damage to your gutters. Remove snow from your roof carefully using a rake or shovel before it builds up and places unnecessary friction and strain on your rooftop. Ice dams are a little more tricky to navigate as you will need to carefully pick the ice to ensure that you do not damage your roof. Regardless of your chosen method, ice and snow should be removed as soon as possible to avoid damage to gutters and the roof itself.