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5 Top Ways to Protect Your Roof This Winter

From the high rates of rain, increased snowfall, and high winds, winter can be a tough time in the US. We often need to crank the heating system up, add protective layers to our gardens, and prevent our vehicles from freezing over too much. The point is, we need to take a little more care of things during the winter, and the same goes for the roofs that cover our heads and protect our homes. A strong roofing system is essential all year round, but especially during the harsh winter months. 

We are going to take a look at how we can protect our roofs this winter.

How To Protect Your Roof During Winter 

From getting rid of ice, debris, and any other blockages to adding a protective, waterproofing layer to your roof, there are a few steps you can take to ensure it not only protects you from the cold but also stays in good condition all year round. Here are five ways to protect your roof this winter:

1. Remove ice and snow from your roof 

Though it may look picturesque, an excessive amount of snow resting on your roof presents the risk of a partial or total structural collapse. An average sized roof covered by a couple of feet of snow can weigh as much as 19 tons, and once ice, rain and even sleet appear, this mass only increases over time and adds more strain to the structure of your house. Regularly removing snow from your roof when there has been a large amount of snowfall will help to keep it strong and structurally sound.

2. Insulate your roof and rafters properly 

Insulation is so important for your property, particularly in the roofing area. This is because heat rises and a poorly insulated roof and rafters will result in a higher heat loss in your property, this also means higher energy costs. However, a well insulated roof and rafters will also protect your roofing structure from temperature changes. This is because, with roof insulation in place, there is less chance of condensation building up from the different temperatures inside and outside of your house. 

Try adding a vapor barrier inside your roof and rafters, to reduce the risk of condensation further.

3. Check for and prevent damaged roof tiles and materials 

Roofing materials and tiles are prone to a little bit of damage. They are exposed to the elements all day, every day after all. This exposure to factors such as: wind, rain, and snow, can lead to roofing materials developing cracks, or coming loose from your home. Of course, loose tiles are not only undesirable to the look of your property, they are also extremely dangerous because if they fall off and hit someone, they will likely cause damage.

4. Carry out gutter repairs and keep them clear of debris 

It’s recommended to keep your gutters clear all year round, but this is particularly important in the autumn and fall time of year. Falling leaves, branches, and other debris is more prominent in the colder months of the year and if they build up, it can cause a few problems with your roof. 

Some potential risks with not clearing the gutters frequently include: 

  • If leaves and debris are left to settle in the guttering, it can add a lot of unnecessary weight to the structure.
  • There is an increased amount of rain and snow during the winter months, so if it settles amongst debris it will eventually cause blockages. 
  • Due to fluctuations in temperature, it’s likely that the snow and rainwater will freeze and melt, which can damage the shape and function of the gutter.

It is recommended that you carry out maintenance checks on your guttering before every new season. You can do this yourself if you have experience and operate safely. Remember, always conduct maintenance checks during daylight hours and with proper safety equipment. You can also get in touch with a professional maintenance service who will clear your gutters for you.

5. Use a roof coating to protect your roof and extend its life 

Adding roof coating to your roof is a great way to protect it from the elements. Roof coating is thicker than paint and acts as a barrier layer so that rain and snow don’t come into contact with the roofing material. It added a layer of protection which is impermeable to liquids. Without it, your roofing material will likely soak up all rainwater and snow, which will damage the roof at a quicker rate. Roof coating comes in different formulas for each type of roofing material, these include: 

Best Roofing Materials for Winter and Colder Climates 

When looking at the best roofing materials for colder climates, it’s important to look at materials that are durable in the face of harsh weather conditions. There are types of roofing materials, for example, that are prone to damage in colder, and even freezing climates. Here we have some of the best roofing materials for colder climates. So, if you live in Alaska or North Dakota, investing in these roofing materials is a perfect choice.

Metal roofing 

Metal roofing is a type of roofing that is made of metal sheets. Typically, zinc, copper, and steel alloys are used and it can either be used flat or to create different profiles on a roof. Metal roofing is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a unique style of roofing that will endure all weather conditions and last a long period of time.

  • Metal roofing lasts longer due to it being resistant to harsh weather conditions
  • Metal is hard and slippery, therefore rain or snow is shed easily. 
  • Lightweight compared to other roofing materials 
  • Quick and easy to install due to coming in panels or sheets 

Slate roofing tiles 

Slate roofing tiles will remain in place and undamaged during storms, heavy snowfall, and layers of ice on the top. These roofing materials are perfect for harsher climates that can easily damage building structures, they are mould-resistant and don’t absorb water easily. Plus, the slates are also a high density, which means they make wonderful, natural insulators for your home. 

Clay roofing tiles 

Clay tiles have protected homes for centuries, and rightly so, they are a durable and strong option. While they are expensive to install and repair, clay tiles last longer than any other roofing material. They can also endure really strong winds and are fire-resistant. Plus, they are stylish too, so your roof can be practical and stand out too.

Ready to Get Your Roof Winter Ready?

We hope you have found this blog post on protecting your roof this winter helpful. As we know, the roof of your property has to be in great condition in order to protect your whole house, both inside and outside. If you have any questions about our products or the ways in which you can make sure your roof is in great shape ahead of the winter months, then please do contact us and we will be happy to help.