Winter Maintenance Tips For Your Roof

Keeping your home's roof in good condition is essential when it comes to preventing costly water damage. A roof that is not properly maintained cannot keep water from infiltrating your home.

Since most roofs see an increase in the amount of moisture they are exposed to during the winter months, investing some time in routine roof maintenance during the winter is important. Here are three winter maintenance tips you can use to keep your roof in good condition in the future.

1. Clear off heavy snow.

It's important that you are checking snow levels on your roof throughout the winter months. If you have a flat roof, then snow can quickly accumulate on your roof's surface. This snow has the potential to cause roofing materials to deteriorate prematurely, and it can contribute to an increased risk of roof collapse.

Take a broom and sweep snow piles off your roof's surface regularly throughout the winter to help keep your roof performing properly over time.

2. Keep your gutters clear.

Rain gutters play a critical role in the performance of your roof during the cold winter months. As temperatures rise and fall during winter, snow melts and freezes on the surface of your roof.

Melting snow is channeled into your rain gutters where it should be safely moved away from your home's roof. If your rain gutters become clogged with dirt, leaves, or other debris, the water could back up. This leads to the formation of ice dams when temperatures drop and the water freezes once again.

Ice dams make your roof more susceptible to water leaks, so be sure that you are taking the time to keep your rain gutters clear so that water can drain from your roof properly during the winter months.

3. Keep plumbing vents clear.

If you look closely at the surface of your roof, you will likely see some pipes extending out toward the sky. These pipes are actually vents for your home's plumbing system. During the winter months, heavy snowfall could clog these vents.

Clogged vents can lead to condensation problems that wreak havoc on the structural integrity of your home. Be sure that you clean snow from plumbing vents regularly. and consider installing taller vents if snow levels regularly extend beyond the height of your existing plumbing vents.

Being able to protect your home against water damage can be challenging during the winter months. Take the time to clear accumulate snow from your roof's surface, keep your rain gutters clean, and ensure plumbing vents are clear to better protect your roof this winter. Contact a roofing company, like Berwald  Roofing Inc, for more help.