Avoid Winter Roof Damage

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Why you should have a Roof Inspection this Winter

Roof inspections are always a good idea. If you live in an area that is prone to snow, roof inspections aren’t just wise, they’re crucial. You could be putting a great deal of strain on your roof system if you let snow pile up. That being said, your roof is more susceptible to damage in a snowier climate.

Weather Damage

That being said, roofs are built to withstand quite a bit of weight. However, when snow levels become too deep, roofs have been known to collapse under the snow’s weight. Usually, homes in snowier climates have roofs that are built with snow buildup in mind. With that being said, it is important to have someone inspect your roof to ensure that it is suitable for winter weather.

Visual Inspection

Make sure that you are performing visual roof inspections once a month, especially after a snowstorm. A visual inspection can help you determine whether or not your shingles and flashing have been damaged. This can indicate that you have further issues within your roof. Further, inspect your interior ceilings. You could likely have a leak if you notice water spots on the ceiling.

Contacting a Roofing Professional

Above all, the best way to avoid needing a full roof replacement is to have your roof inspected by a roof contractor. If you live somewhere that sees quite a bit of snow, err on the side of caution and seek out two inspections per year. With regular inspections, roofs are built to last for around twenty years. If your roof is at the twenty-year mark, it may be time to consider a full replacement.

Winter Roof Maintenance Tips

In addition to seeking out a proper inspection to ensure that your roof can handle the weight of snow and ice, here are a few tips to care for your roof during the winter months:

  • Your attic should be cold. A well-insulated attic is essential during winter and will allow the snow on the roof to melt in a slow and safe manner. Snow that melts quickly can form ice dams, damage roofs, clog gutters, and create rather dangerous icicles.
  • Purchase a roof rake. With poles up to 20-feet long, roof rakes are great for clearing excess snow off of your roof after a major storm.
  • Have your gutters cleaned. Ice buildup is common in gutters. Too much ice can cause the gutters to rip away from your home. Attempting to chip away at the ice yourself can cause an injury. It is best to hire a roofing professional to ensure that the gutters are cleaned in a proper manner.

In conclusion, here at MCE, we offer free evaluations of your roofing and gutter systems. Give MCE a call at (503) 397-2215 or Fill Out Our Free Roofing Consultation Form to schedule a contact-free roof evaluation. A certified GAF Master Elite Contractor. In addition, we are family owned and operated serving Columbia County, the Portland Metro and surrounding areas with over 25 years of experience.

Angie Holcomb
Author: Angie HolcombIn late 1993, one year after their marriage, Angie and Mark Holcomb decided it was time to follow their dream, and the couple set out to launch their own business. One year later, in 1994, Marks Custom Exteriors was established, one loving couple, one new truck and a passion for their vision. 25 years and many roofs later, MCE has grown to become Portland's premier roofing company and one of the only Nationally Recognized Roofing Companies in the State of Oregon as a GAF Master Elite Contractor. They remain committed to building lasting relationships with their customers through outstanding customer service, expert craftsmanship, and professional behavior and appearance among every member of our team.