3 Ways to Prepare Your Roof for Winter

11/13/2018

Roof in the winterWe already know that snow and ice can really damage your roof. Even in Columbia, South Carolina — one of the warmest cities in the Southeast — winter weather can present a challenge to homeowners trying to protect their roofs.

 

To mitigate the potential damage that snow, rain, sleet, and ice could inflict on your roof, we have some practical tips and suggestions for keeping your roof in good condition all winter long.

 

Clean your gutters

While fall is beautiful, it has a few down sides — leaves in your gutters being one of them. It's extremely important to clear your gutters of dead leaves and other tree debris before winter weather hits. South Carolina winters come with a fair amount of rain and other precipitation, and if your gutters are packed with dead leaves, the water will not flow through your gutters like it should. 

 

To avoid water backups, and dirty gutters overflowing with sticks and leaves, make it a point to clean them a couple times this fall. While you're up there, you can also hang some Christmas lights!

 

Prune your trees

While leaves and sticks will most certainly fall during the autumn months, you can reduce the amount of foliage that lands in your gutters and on your roof by pruning your trees, especially the ones closest to your house.

 

Prevent ice dams

Ice dams are little dips that develop on your roof in cold weather as a result of heat escaping your home, which causes ice on your roof to melt before refreezing again. The cycle of ice melting and refreezing is very wearing on your roof.

 

To prevent ice dams from forming on your roof, make sure your roof is properly insulated and ventilated. Insulation will keep heat from escaping to your roof, and ventilation will keep your attic cool. Together, insulation and ventilation work together to keep your roof and attic cool while keeping your living areas warm. 

 

While ice dams typically form during the coldest winter months, it's possible that your roof has already developed ice dams from previous winters. To be on the safe side, we recommend getting a roof inspection before winter weather sets in. Then, you can get a roofer to repair your current ice dams and address your home's installation and ventilation concerns, thereby preventing more ice dams from forming this coming winter.

 

To schedule your free fall roof inspection with Joye Roofing, click on the banner below. At no cost to you, our professional roofers will inspect your roof for both existing problems and potential ones. The cost of getting a roof inspection is zero, but the price of not getting one when you should have is much, much more.

 

Don't put it off; give us a call a (803) 281-6492, or drop us a message online!

 

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Author

Derek Joye has been roofing homes and businesses in the Midlands for over 10 years.