3 Winter Roofing Maintenance Tips
Winter is almost here, and with it comes snow, ice, and all of the problems that cold weather brings. Philadelphia is no stranger to winter conditions; we deal with it for a few months every year. Here are the three winter roofing maintenance tips you need to know in order to keep your roof and family safe this winter.
Keep Your Gutters Clean
Your gutters and drainpipes help shed water from your roof as snow and ice melt. Water collects in clogged gutters. This is bad news when temperatures plunge. Frozen drain spouts and gutters cause leaks in your building and damage your drainage system. Contact a professional gutter cleaning service before the cold weather sets in to make sure your roof is ready for the winter.
Inspect Your Roof
Think back to the last time you had your roof inspected or repaired. If you can’t remember, chances are it is time to have it looked at. A structurally sound roof is capable of withstanding even major snowfalls. Compromised roofs are not. Two obvious signs of a structurally unstable roof are:
- A roof that sags in the middle
- Evidence of water damage in ceilings and attics.
How Much Snow Is Too Much?
Major blizzards sometimes deposit more snow than your roof can handle. To find out how much snow your roof can safely hold, contact your roofing company. While you are at it, set up a snow removal plan with your roofer to make sure your home is protected this winter.
Stay Off Of Your Roof
It is tempting to take matters into our own hands when it comes to snow removal. Climbing out on a roof covered with snow and ice is a bad idea. Conditions are slippery at best, and one slip is all it takes to incur serious injury or death.
Single story homeowners with snow removal tools like roof rakes need to be careful as well. Large amounts of snow falling off of a roof are dangerous. Make sure all pets and children are inside, and never attempt to remove snow alone. Better yet, wait for professional assistance.
Help your roof keep you and your family safe and warm. Be prepared for whatever this winter throws at your roof by following these simple tips.
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