Winter weather in the Northern Front Range can take a toll on your roof, so it's imperative to ensure it's properly maintained as we head into the coldest months of the season! Here are a few key things to keep in mind when it comes to winter roofing maintenance:
Ice dams are formed when snow on the roof melts and then refreezes at the edge of the roof, creating – you guessed it – a dam of ice. This can block water and cause it to seep under the shingles and leak into the home, leading to extensive damage. Proper attic insulation and ventilation keep a consistent temperature and help prevent ice dams, as well as snow removal from the roof (if possible).
Cold weather and ice can cause shingles to crack or break, leading to leaks and other issues. A roof inspection will reveal any damaged shingles that need to be replaced, as well as other areas that might be compromised, such as flashing and fascia. You can also apply a protective coating to your shingles to help prevent damage from ice and snow.
Other basic chores that can be done throughout the year include keeping the gutters clean and following through on repairs. A roofing inspection can reveal problem areas, but if the maintenance isn't performed, the problem will only get worse! Keeping the gutters clean throughout the year – especially as winter approaches – is one of the best ways to ensure that the gutter system stays in great shape!
We at Select Roofing Contractors would like to thank all our customers and associates across the Front Range for trusting us with their roofing projects and continued business. Happy holidays and we'll see you in 2023!