It’s normal to expect freezing cold rain showers and snow days during a Washington winter. However, these typical parts of the season could also spell potential disaster for your home and roof. Luckily, there are a few preparations you can make to defend against the elements and ensure that your roofing survives all the way through to spring. Affordable Roof Care, your trusted metal roofing provider, shares them here:
Trim the Trees
Tree branches can quickly become laden with winter ice and snow. If you have overhanging branches surrounding your home, these branches and other debris could break and fall, damaging the roof. Trimming them back before winter starts could help prevent this problem.
Mind the Gutters
Fall is notorious for dumping excessive amounts of leaves into your gutters, which can cause blockages and ice dams during winter. Check your gutters and make sure they’re clear of any obstruction before the cold sets in, and consider having a gutter guard added with your gutter installation to reduce clogs and ensure proper drainage.
Get Rid of Debris
Nearby trees are a common source of falling debris, but they’re not the only culprits. Animals like birds and squirrels may nest or bring dirt and other materials onto your roof, which could then wash into your gutters, contributing to the formation of dangerous ice dams and icicles. Clearing any visible litter off your roof will help prevent this and go a long way toward protecting it in the colder weather.
Ventilate Your Roof
Roofing ventilation is not only necessary for removing summer heat; it also allows for proper air circulation in your attic. This is especially important if you have a metal roof protecting your home. High humidity levels condense moisture inside your roof, and when this moisture combines with the heat conducted through your heating system, it creates an ideal environment for mold and rot. Proper ventilation controls moisture levels and helps keep your roof free from unwanted growth.
Keep Up with Proper Maintenance
There’s no better time to take advantage of professional roof inspection services than the weeks leading up to winter. Our specialists can spot potential issues that could become big problems in the coming winter months.
To learn more about winter-proofing your roof, call Affordable Roof Care at (360) 639-4339 today. We also provide power washing services and even new construction. Fill out our contact form to get a free estimate. We serve Gig Harbor, Bremerton, and Poulsbo, WA, and nearby areas.