Posted on: January 05, 2017
For most homeowners, the advent of the winter season signals a time to start winter-proofing their home as much as possible in order to prepare for the freezing temperatures ahead. Since the roof is the place where a large amount of heat loss occurs, it only makes sense to pay special attention to your roof during this season. Below are some winter roofing tips and tricks to help you keep your home nice and warm during the cold months.
1. Check the insulation in your attic.
A poorly insulated attic is one of the main culprits behind a home losing too much heat during frigid temperatures. Take the time to conduct a thorough walk-through (or squeeze-through) of your attic in order to check its insulation level. If there are any floor joists visible, fill up those sparse areas with some more insulation.
2. Check the flashing around structures that protrude from the roof.
Your roof is one of the most important components of the “envelope” that protects the interior of your home from the harsh environmental elements. If any area of this envelope is compromised, it can not only cause your home to lose valuable heated air, but it may also eventually cause significant structural damage due to water penetration. This is one of the reasons why flashing is so important; it provides a seal to protect those vulnerable areas where the roof intersects with protruding structures such as chimneys, vent stacks, skylights, etc. Typical flashing is comprised of strips of angled metal that overlap one another in order to form an airtight and watertight seal. If this flashing is damaged or insufficient, it could allow rainwater to leak into your home, and could make your house a little draftier as well. Enlist the help of a professional roofer to double-check the structural quality of all of the flashing on your roof.
3. Check roof tiles, gutters and downspouts.
Inspect your roof for tiles or shingles that are damaged, misaligned or just missing altogether. Try to keep your gutters and downspouts free from leaves and other debris, which can act as a “dam” during heavy downpours. This trapped water can eventually enter your home and cause damage. In addition, it would definitely be helpful to have leaf guards installed to curb the accumulation of leaves in your gutters. It’s not advisable for you to walk around on your roof during the winter, as roof shingles can become brittle and easy to dislodge or break. Instead, you can perform the inspection from the ground using a good pair of binoculars.
4. After a heavy snowfall, consider raking the roof.
Generally speaking, there’s no need to manually remove snow from your roof, as it will just melt away naturally. In the event of a very heavy snowfall, however, you would do good to remove the excess snow in order to prevent any damage to your roof. You can use a ladder and a special tool known as a roof rake to remove at least a portion of the snow, but don’t attempt to remove all of it, as this could cause damage to the shingles.
As you can see, taking care of your roof during the cold months is critical to protecting your home from damage, and it’s a great way to improve your home’s energy efficiency. While it is possible to “DIY” the above tasks, for the sake of your personal safety it’s better to leave those types of jobs up to the professionals. Chinook Roofing and Gutters has a team of highly experienced roofing experts who know how to diagnose and repair practically any roofing problem you might have. Contact us today to ensure that your home will be ready for those freezing temperatures up ahead!