- John Riggers
Maintaining a Shingled Roof During Winter
Maintaining a shingled roof in the winter is important to ensure that it is able to withstand the harsh weather conditions and continue to protect your home. Here are some tips for maintaining your shingled roof in the winter:
Keep the roof clear of snow and ice: Snow and ice can build up on the roof, causing it to sag and potentially leading to leaks. Use a roof rake to remove excess snow, but be careful not to damage the shingles. If you have ice damming, use calcium chloride to melt the ice.
Trim tree branches: Overhanging tree branches can damage your roof by scraping against it or falling on it during a winter storm. Trim these branches to prevent damage.
Check for and repair any damage: Look for missing, damaged, or curled shingles and repair or replace them as needed. You should also check for any other damage, such as leaks or cracked flashing, and repair it promptly to prevent further damage.
Insulate your attic: Proper attic insulation is essential to prevent heat loss and ice damming. Make sure your attic is properly insulated to keep your roof in good condition.
Check your gutters and downspouts: Clogged gutters can lead to water damage on your roof. Clean your gutters and downspouts to ensure that they are clear and functioning properly.
By following these tips, you can help maintain the integrity of your shingled roof and protect your home from winter weather. If you are unsure about any aspect of maintaining your roof, it is always best to consult a professional roofing contractor for advice.