As Winter lags on, the dropping temperatures can result in extra wear and tear on your roof. It’s important that property managers and homeowners know how to properly maintain their roofing systems. Use this checklist to ward off winter roofing damage and safeguard its longevity.
Check Your Ventilation System Throughout the Winter
Poor ventilation and insulation in your attic can put your roof at risk of succumbing to winter elements, like the formation of ice dams. Inspect your attic for sufficient ventilation routes and undamaged insulation. Consistent airflow in the attic is key to protect the integrity of your roof. When a home has poor roof ventilation or minimal insulation hot air and moisture radiate into the attic resulting in a cold upper floor and energy loss. Condensation from the roof deck can cause interior water damage, while condensation on the roof deck can cause mildew and wood rot.
Note: the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) recommends installation of ice and water dam protection membrane in locations where the average temperature for January is 30ºF or less. This can include parts of Colorado.
Remove Ice and Snow as Soon as Possible
While we all love the postcard perfect look of sparkling snow atop quaint rooftop homes, it can spell disaster if left to sit for too long.
Snow and ice buildup put a lot of weight on your roof, which can cause major damage to any area that may be slightly compromised. Ice dams occur when a ridge of ice forms at the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow (water) from draining off the roof. Precipitation or melted ice can re-freeze in these areas and wreak havoc. Ice dams can result in loose shingles and water leaks into the walls, ceilings, and insulation.
Remove all ice and snow as soon as possible. Use “roof rakes” if needed, but use with caution as these may damage the roofing materials.
Check for Proper Drainage
Gutters and downspouts should be continually assessed and cleared, if needed. As snow begins to melt, it will need clear routes to drain properly. Any leftover autumn leaved or foliage in gutters can clog and obstruct water flow. If water collects in gutters, it can create seriously problems as temperature drop overnight. Standing water can damage your siding, fascia or the foundation of the house. Quick and efficient drainage will also help reduce the risks of ice damage and the formation of ice dams.
Get a Winter Inspection
Ask a professional roofer, like Core Roofing + Solar, to do a free inspection. We will happily inspect the entire roof and focus on flashing areas, which can be prone to leaking. If damage is found, or issues that could lead to damage, we will thoroughly explain the problem and work with you to provide the best possible solutions.