Preparing Your Roof For Winter

Winter will soon be upon us. Before pulling the puffy coats and snow boots out of the closet, make sure to prepare your roof for the looming winter weather. Your Littleton roof protects your home against all types of weather conditions, including snow, ice, and sleet. So, before the severe winter weather rolls around, all homeowners should make sure that their homes have the strength to withstand the elements. 

With a roof that’s prepared for the full breadth of winter weather here in Littleton, you and your family can enjoy the holidays. You won’t have to worry about emergency roof repairs that could compromise your home. After all, roof repairs in the winter season can be particularly dangerous – you should never attempt to get up on your roof and look for damage when ice could be present. 

This article will cover the best methods for preparing your Littleton roofing system for winter. For a pre-winter roof inspection and/or repairs, Anderson Builders can provide the reliable services that you need.  

Take Care of Nearby Trees. 

Tree maintenance is important all year round for the wellbeing of your roofing system. Storms in every season can cause nearby branches to break. If a broken branch falls onto your roof, it could lead to scratches, dents, or even punctures.

The risk of broken overhanging branches is especially prevalent in the winter. A moderate to severe snowstorm may lead to accumulated snow on tree branches. This added weight can cause the branches to break. So, before the start of winter, ensure that no branches are hanging over your roof. Trim back all nearby trees while the weather is still mild. 

Tree Debris

In addition to broken branches, nearby trees may drop debris onto the surface of your roof. Leaves, twigs, and other debris can build up and trap moisture on your Littleton roofing system. This may cause mold to develop, as well as break down your roofing materials prematurely. While your roof should also be cleaned regularly to prevent built-up debris, you can prevent the debris from building up in the first place by keeping nearby trees trimmed back.  

Consider Ventilation and Insulation.

Ventilation and insulation are vital to the strength of your roofing system (as well as the efficiency of your home’s heating system) all winter long. Attic insulation and attic ventilation help prevent outdoor temperatures from seeping into your home through the roof. This keeps the weather outside from impacting the temperature of your living spaces. Additionally, a well-ventilated and well-insulated attic will regulate the surface temperature of your roof, ensuring that it’s uniform from the center to the edges.

Ice Dams

Ice dams are caused by irregular roof surface temperatures. Specifically, if the roof is warmer in the center than it is at the edges, snow may melt and flow to the edges of the roof, then freeze. This creates an ice ridge that can trap water on the surface of your roof and lead to roof damage. 

Ventilation and insulation will protect your home against ice dams in the winter. Insulation can break down over time – if your home’s insulation is damaged, make sure to have it replaced before winter. Additionally, you may benefit from having your Littleton roofing experts check out your roof insulation and ventilation systems to recommend improvements. By updating your insulation and ventilation, you may be able to save money on utility costs throughout the winter. 

Clean The Gutters. 

Gutter cleaning is another aspect of winter preparation for your roofing system. Over time, gutters can clog with leaves, twigs, and other types of debris. This debris causes the gutters to clog, compromising the effectiveness of your home’s drainage system.

If it rains, snows, or otherwise precipitates while your gutters are clogged, the precipitation could overflow and spill out of the sides of the gutters. This can lead to water damage to your home’s siding and/or foundation. 

Clogged gutters can also damage your roof in the winter. When runoff from your roof can’t drain properly, the standing water may freeze on your roof. Ice buildup can be especially damaging to your roof and may create a leak. 

Contact Anderson Builders today for a roof inspection to prepare your roof for winter.

Getting snow off of a roof can be a challenge for those owning a house for the first time. Here are tips on how to remove snow from roofs correctly and safely.

Rooftop snow removal is an important but often overlooked part of winter home maintenance. If snow is allowed to build up, it can place stress on the roof and walls of your home. Once the temperature warms up, it can also begin to leak into your attic and flood your gutters and garden.

Fortunately, there are a few dos (and don’ts!) that you can follow to make removing snow from your roof a super simple process.

Best Methods Of Rooftop Snow Removal

Removing snow from your roof can be dangerous since the weight of falling snow and ice can be substantial. Follow the below tips to reduce the risk to both yourself and your roof.

Snow Rakes

Hands down, the best way to get the snow off of your roof is to use a long-handled snow rake. These are special, lightweight plastic rakes that are much longer than regular rakes, allowing you to easily move them over the surface of your roof and clear away snow and ice.

Do It Regularly

Just like shoveling the driveway, the best way to keep your roof clear is to clear it on a regular basis. While it may be unpleasant going outside while it’s still snowing, clearing a small amount of snow a few times is much easier and safer than clearing a huge pile just once.

What Not To Do

Of course, there are a few things that you should avoid to minimize the risk of injuring yourself or damaging your roof.

Don’t Use Shovels And Other Metal Tools

You should stay away from metal snow shovels or other gardening tools. These items are too tough and durable for use on your roof, and can quickly rip through your shingles. While you may not notice an issue straight away, a small hole in your roof can turn into a larger leak once the snow starts melting in the spring.

Don’t Get On The Roof

Being on top of your roof is always risky, but it’s downright dangerous in the winter. Ice and snow are slippery, and without a harness, it’s very likely that you or the ladder that you’re on will fall over – and don’t expect the snow on the ground to cushion your fall. The added weight you place on the roof can also damage your shingles and their supports.

You should always work on the ground when clearing snow and ice from the roof – and make sure that someone knows where you are and what you’re doing!

Consider Professional Rooftop Snow Removal

If your roof is particularly large, and if you don’t feel safe clearing it off yourself, consider hiring a professional rooftop snow removal company. They’ll have the tools and expertise on how to properly clear your roof to minimize the risk of damage. If you’re in Colorado, Anderson Builders has the experience you are looking for.

For more information about roof maintenance, contact us today!