It’s no secret that winter weather can be incredibly difficult on your home. Between added moisture, cold temperatures, and general wear and tear, the colder seasons of the year can wreak havoc on your home. One of the larger components of your home that has to handle added stress due to the season is your roof. Here are a few tips for making sure your roof stays in good repair, even after a rough winter with tons of ice and snow.
- Pay attention to your gutters: Keeping your gutters clean is one of the most important parts of winter roof maintenance. Clogged gutters can cause a whole host of problems, and are the number one cause of basement water problems. Make sure you clean them out before the snow starts to melt, or you could be at risk of water problems in your basement and the rest of your home.
- Check for snow damage: Ideally, you had time to check your roof before the snow fell, but if not, you’ll want to take a look at them afterward to see if the snow has caused any damage. Snow can weigh a surprising amount, and that can take its toll on your roof, especially if it’s older. Most newer roofs are built to withstand snow loads of 15 to 30 pounds per square foot, but if yours isn’t up to new standards, there’s a chance the snow could have damaged your roof.
- Avoid ice buildup: Ice can sometimes build up on your roof during the winter under roof membranes, shingles, and other components of your roof. Typically, good ventilation and ice shields, along with installing a drip edge, will help you avoid ice buildup.
- Get up to code: If you haven’t had your roof repaired in a while, now’s a good time to check and make sure your roof holds up to current building codes. Any weak areas or problem spots in your roof will be more noticeable after a rough winter, so it’ll be easier to tell if you’re due for an update.
- Schedule an inspection: Some home problems are best left to professionals, rather than trying to DIY it. If you do notice a problem with your roof after a rough winter, or if it’s been a while since you last had someone take a look at your roof, it’s probably a good time to call a professional for either repairs or standard inspection. Almost 36% of home remodeling jobs are a result of property damage, so the sooner yours is assessed, the sooner you can make repair plans.
Winter can be rough on your home, but these tips can help you get through the season with as little damage to your home as possible.