IT’S TIME TO WINTERIZE YOUR ROOF: HOW TO AVOID COLD WEATHER DISASTERS

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Winter is coming. No matter where you live, that means it’s time to tackle some essential roof care and maintenance. Whether you have asphalt, tile or metal roofing, don’t put off roof care.

Surprise cold snaps and sub-zero temperatures—such as what homeowners in areas like Texas experienced last year—can come on suddenly and catch unsuspecting homeowners off-guard. There’s no doubt that cold weather, snow, ice, wind and rain can take a toll on any roof. Maintenance and repair now can help avoid costly damage, leaks and more expensive repairs. 

The key to protecting your home during harsh winter conditions is to make sure your roof is structurally sound and well-insulated.  If your roof does need replacing, winter conditions demonstrate why it’s so important to use strong, long-lasting materials like quality metal roofing. Properly installed metal roofs perform reliably no matter what Mother Nature throws at it. This includes preventing serious ice damming issues and other wintertime hazards. An added bonus is it’s high energy efficiency. This helps reduce your energy costs all year long, all while keeping your family comfortable.

For how best to get your roof ready for the winter season, here are some other tips from the Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA):

1. Get a professional inspection

Now is a great time to get a professional evaluation of your roof’s condition. An experienced pro can safely identify potential trouble spots, point out needed maintenance and recommend proper repairs for minor problems before they turn into major issues. If a replacement is needed, do your homework and check out resources, such as the new MRA’s Buyer’s Guide, available for free at www.metalroofing.com. Look for worry-free options that will last for decades, hold up to climate extremes and deliver low-maintenance reliability to maximize long-term savings. 

2. Clean your gutters

Regular gutter maintenance is essential for helping properly drain water. Year-round contact with wet leaves and dirt build up can not only damage a roof, but overflowing gutters can lead to much more serious problems, including foundation issues and the potential for leaks. You want your gutters securely fastened to your home. That way they are ready to stand up to the potential weight of heavy snow and ice that may occur in some regions.

3. Trim trees and bushes

Keep your trees trimmed and away from the roof. Doing so will help keep gutters clean. This is also a good safety precaution. Strong winds, snow and ice often lead to broken branches that damage roofs. Wildfires spread more easily to roofs when tree branches over hang it.

4. Deal with dirt and debris

Dirt and debris, combined with wet, cool weather can lead to the growth of moss and algae. That can cause rot and displaced singles on roofing material including wood shakes and asphalt. If replacing a roof in climates prone to these issues, choose a smoother, easier to clean material such as metal roofing. Metal roofs tend to shed debris more easily and naturally resist moss and algae without the use of harsh chemicals.

5. Pay attention to what’s underneath

Adding or replacing attic insulation and ensuring proper venting will keep your home comfortable and protected in any season. Have a professional roofer conduct an energy audit in your attic and make sure it includes proper venting. Selecting energy efficient roofing materials with proper coatings that help reflect damaging sun rays can lower energy costs. 

6. Put your guards up

Last year, major winter cold snaps led to costly ice dam issues, especially for owners of asphalt roofs. Metal roofs can help prevent ice dams from forming in the first place. However, it’s always a good idea to take extra steps to ensure safety in areas that experience heavy snow and ice.  For example, metal roof snow guards can be installed to help keep frozen precipitation in place and cause it to melt or slid off in small pieces rather than dangerous chunks. 

7. Ensure safety above all else

Last but certainly not least, safety is the number one top priority for any type of roof maintenance or care. Rooftop falls can be dangerous and even deadly. There are three times you should never get on your roof. First, if you don’t have proper safety gear. During inclement weather conditions. Finally if you feel unsafe, insecure or unsteady. Better yet, leave all rooftop inspection and maintenance to a qualified, experienced pro who is licensed, bonded and insured.  

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Renee Ramey

About Renee Ramey

Renee Ramey is the Executive Director of The Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA). Renee is responsible for the daily management of the MRA’s ongoing North American marketing program to increase metal roofing’s residential market share. Renee has more than 20 years of marketing and management experience in the metals industry. Connect with Renee on LinkedIn.

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