Winter Roofing Maintenance Tips

There is very little (if any) snow on the ground in Idaho Falls at the moment. But as anyone in the Idaho Falls area knows, that can change at a moment’s notice. Winter roofing maintenance is something that every homeowner should be aware of. Here are some tips that can help you keep your roof and family safe.

Keep Off

At any time, we could get a big storm that drops a lot of snow in southeast Idaho. And when that happens, you might feel the need to get up on your roof and get some of that snow off of there. This is not a good idea for someone who is not properly trained. All it takes is one misstep and you could be facing a major injury or even death. Even if you have a single-story home and tools like a roof rake, you need to use extreme caution. When you are removing a lot of snow from the roof you need to make sure that any pets and kids are not outside. You should also make sure to have another adult with you.

Remove The Snow — Now

There’s nothing wrong with some snow on your roof. Most of the time that is. But it can lead to all sorts of problems if it sits there for too long or piles up too high. Snow and ice can get really heavy and cause big-time problems for some roofs.

You can avoid this by diligently removing ice and snow from your roof. As we know, this can be dangerous so it is recommended to hire a professional roofing company to take care of this for you.

Clear The Gutters

Most people refer to them as rain gutters, but they also help to remove snow and ice. At least they will if the gutters are clear. The snow and ice will flow through the gutters and away from your foundation as they melt, but when the temperatures drop, it can freeze and create clogs and ice dams in your gutters. This can cause leaks and damage to the home and/or drainage system. You’ll want to make sure that those gutters are cleaned out — not only the snow and ice but also remove any leaves or other debris that may have gotten in there. Ideally, this should be done before the winter hits, but you should probably also check on them periodically during the snowy season as well.

Roof Inspections

When was the last time you had an inspection of your roof? This should be happening from time to time. If it hasn’t been inspected in a long time, you should put that on your to-do list. Knowing that your roof is safe and sound structurally will allow you to know that it can handle a big snowstorm. Every homeowner wants to have that peace of mind. So how can you tell if your roof has been compromised? Here are two signs to look for:

  • You have signs of water damage in your ceiling, attic, or walls.
  • Your roof is sagging in the center.

Now you may be asking yourself, how much snow can my roof handle? This is a good question because a major storm can certainly dump more snow that the roof can hold. The best way to find out the answer to this question in Idaho Falls is to have Premier Roofing & Restorations inspect the roof for you.

Attic Ventilation

Your attic and your roof are connected in the way they work in your home. An attic with bad ventilation puts even more strain on the roof it is working with. The added exposure to the elements creates a higher likelihood of problems like an ice dam forming. Next time you are inspecting your roof, you should check your attic as well. Make sure that there is sufficient ventilation because consistent airflow will help to keep your roof protected.

Check For And Fix Wind Damage

It’s not just the snow and ice that you need to worry about in the winter. The wind can create all sorts of havoc too. Especially during a major storm. So if you’ve had some strong winds blowing through, you’ll want to look for signs of wind damage. If you see any missing, broken, or damaged shingles — you need to get those repaired as soon as you can. Leaving those types of things untreated will mean that you are leaving your home vulnerable to leaks and other problems. We’re talking about things like mold and bacteria that nobody wants any part of.

Flashing

Don’t forget about the flashing on your home. Over time, this can get warped or loosen up. Any issues with your flashing should be taken care of as soon as possible. Otherwise, winter precipitation will be able to get inside your roof much more easily. If too much excess moisture builds up, you’re looking at an interior leak. You will want to avoid that by any means possible.

What If My Roof Has A Problem?

If your roof has an issue that can’t wait for warmer weather — no problem. Winter roofing maintenance is actually not as big of a deal as you might think. Of course, roofing work in the winter with snow and ice can be more of a risk than at other times of the year. However, professionals have all of the necessary training and equipment to do the work safely. And in most cases, it only takes a few minutes to clear any snow from the roof before getting started. In fact, plenty of roofers would prefer to work during the winter than in the summer when it can get so hot on a roof. If it is 80-90 degrees outside, that means it will be well over 100 degrees on your roof and that can make for a pretty uncomfortable workday.

In Conclusion

You can be prepared for whatever happens during the winter by using these winter roofing maintenance tips. And if you are in the Idaho Falls area, you’ll want to contact Premier Roofing & Restorations — an Idaho Falls roofing company that is dedicated to providing residential and commercial roofing services for clients throughout the Eastern Idaho area. They can provide you with any roofing maintenance solutions necessary in the Idaho Falls — even in the winter! Plus they’ll hook you up with a free roof evaluation and inspection.