WINTER’S WRATH IS COMING: 7 QUICK TIPS TO BATTLE-PROOF YOUR ROOF
To avoid cold weather disasters, The Metal Roofing Alliance says the time for action is now.
PORTLAND, Ore. – The start of fall season means it’s time for homeowners to get ready for winter. That’s
why leading home improvement trade organizations such as the Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA) are
encouraging homeowners to tackle essential roof care and maintenance now so they aren’t caught
off-guard when colder weather hits.
“Putting a little effort into performing simple roof maintenance now can help prevent costly damage,
leaks and more expensive repairs as we head into winter,” said Renee Ramey, MRA executive director. “It
can also extend the life of your roof and save money on energy costs all season long.”
MRA’s top tips for how to get your roof ready for the winter season include:
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
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. Make sure
gutters are securely fastened and 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 and is a
good safety precaution, especially in areas prone to wildfire threats or that experience strong
winds, snow or ice which can lead to broken branches that can damage roofs.
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 roofs, which 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, but 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. Never get on a roof
without proper safety gear, in inclement weather conditions, or 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.
Want to learn more about getting your roof ready for winter? Contact us today!
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