5 Ways to Winter-Proof Your Roof

Drexel Winter-Ready Roof
October 28, 2022 at 6:00 a.m.

By DrexelMetals.  

As the weather gets colder, it is just as important to make sure that the roof is prepared for the temperature drop as you are. Here is what to do to prepare for the colder seasons. 

Cold weather is returning as we head into fall and winter, which means it is time to do some cold weather maintenance on your metal roof. Even though metal is known for its durability and energy efficiency, it is never a bad idea to prep the roof for extreme weather. Plus, preventative care of the roof is the best way to protect your investment! 

Follow these tips from DrexelMetals to prepare your metal roof for colder weather, so your roof will do its job no matter what the winter season throws their way. 

1 - Visually inspect the roof for damage 

Inspecting a roof for damage can reveal potential issues before they cause long-term problems. Even though metal roofs tend to be more resilient than other competitive options (lasting up to three times longer than asphalt shingles), they are not completely invulnerable to damage. The danger for damage can increase in the winter since freeze-thaw cycles can exacerbate the risks created by moisture penetrating roofing materials. 

Looking for marred panels, flashings and seams can help affirm that a roof will provide optimal protection against winter weather. Although homeowners can take this task on by themselves, seeking a professional’s opinion can help ensure a thorough and accurate assessment of the roof’s integrity. 

2 - Add snow guards 

Metal roofs shed snow quickly and efficiently. This benefit can be dangerous during heavy snowfall — since large clumps of snow and ice can slide from a roof without warning. Falling ice could damage gutters and shrubbery or even cause injury. 

Snow guards regulate the rate at which roofs shed snow and ice, so installing them can mitigate the risk of property damage and personal injury. But not all snow guards are equal. ColorGard® has unsurpassed holding strength and color-matching. It is also warranted for the life of the roof it guards. 

3 - Trim trees overhead 

While snow guards regulate snow shedding, they can also catch fallen branches, which make even the most stunning roof look a little unsightly. Trimming overhead branches helps sideline debris from collecting on the roof (and in gutters). 

It also helps prevent damage that may happen when a large branch strikes a roof. With the added strain of heavy snow, branches may be more likely to fall in the winter. And if one strikes a roof with enough force, it could cause damage that may not be immediately noticeable. By trimming branches, homeowners can reduce the risk of damage from falling debris before it happens. 

4 - Clean the gutters 

If the trees surrounding the house need trimming, chances are the gutters also need cleaning. 

Debris can collect in gutters and reduce their ability to control the flow of water from a roof. In the warmer months, this can lead to leaks and foundation issues. Clogged gutters become dangerous in winter due to ice damming. For example, if ice and snow slowly melt and then pool in a clogged gutter, it can refreeze, accumulating more ice until the weight causes the gutter to fall. 

Cleaning the gutters helps mitigate all these issues and is an easy way to ensure a roof will stay strong and intact in the harshest weather. 

5 - Check the attic’s insulation 

Even though metal roofs can quickly shed snow, ice dams can still form if the roof is not properly insulated from below. As heat radiates through the attic and out of the roof, it can melt the snow, causing it to trickle and refreeze along the eaves and gutters. This creates dangerous ice dams whose weight can damage gutter systems. Ice dams can also fall suddenly — posing a serious risk of injury for those standing below. 

To protect against this, properly insulating the attic-side of a roof can help prevent temperature fluctuations and reduce the potential for ice dam formation. By following insulation recommendations by region, homeowners can also reduce the energy needed to keep their homes at a comfortable temperature year-round. 

Prepping for winter is easier with metal 

While taking the steps to ensure a roof is ready for colder weather does require some effort, homeowners with metal roofs are at an advantage. Shingled roofs can be difficult to inspect, and one damaged shingle can allow moisture to seep into a home. Metal roofs, however, are designed for long-lasting durability and withstanding extreme weather

With proper care before winter takes hold, these systems can provide premium protection from the elements for decades to come

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Find your local roofing contractor in the RoofersCoffeeShop® Contractor Directory. 

Original article source: DrexelMetals

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