Small log cabin home surrounded by snow

Many homeowners believe that once a roof has been installed, no further action is required. They believe the warranty will provide a solution to performance problems. In actuality, warranties specify that the owner is obligated to maintain the roof properly.

With winter already here, you should have had your roof thoroughly inspected. As the temperature drops, roofing risks increase and if you neglect to inspect your roof, heavy snow, and ice buildup, can cause significant roof damage.

Below are preventive measures and tips to maintain your roof.

Drain Blockage and Ponding Water

Debris is one of the leading causes of roof damage and leaks. Debris such as fallen leaves and branches can create real problems. Debris can clog scuppers, downspouts, and roof drains, leaving ponding or stagnant water idle. When the freezing temperatures come around, the debris will lock in place clogging the drainage system. The longer the water stays on the roof, the more likely it is to penetrate the roof system. Make sure your drains are regularly cleaned to prevent blockage and ponding.

Roof Coating Protection

Changes in weather produce contraction and expansion of roofing material. This causes fractures in the membrane, failed laps and seams, all of which allow for water to enter your home. The membrane and insulation of your roofing system should be inspected thoroughly for any and all shrinking, shifted, loose, or soft portions of your roof's surface.

If you have an old roof coating or a single-ply membrane that's nearing the end of its life, your roof is more prone to leaks. Applying a new roof coating will extend your roof's life and protect it from the brutal winters we have here up north. 

The Windiest Time of Year

It's always best to look at your roof after high winds to see if there are any heavy limbs or other debris that may have blown onto your roof. Leaving the heavy debris can cause significant roof damage. 

Have a Snow Plan

Depending on where you live in the country, having three feet of snow drop overnight is unimaginable, but living in Upstate New York, you know it's possible and likely to happen at least once during the winter. With that said, heavy snow on the roof is a hazard and can do some extensive damage. Don't wait for the next snowfall to occur --- have it promptly removed. While it seems reasonable to do it yourself, having a team of professionals take care of it is best.

Ice Build-Up Tips

If you tend to have problems with ice build-up on your roof, consider installing ice melt socks in your gutters or attach heat tapes and belts to your roof to aid with melting the snow and ice.

Leaks and other roofing repairs can be fixed during the winter, however, it's much more challenging for material and adhesive to bind in freezing temperatures. Not to mention, these roof repairs can cost you significantly more money to fix.

Graves Bros. Home Improvement Co. is a trusted reliable contractor for all your roofing needs. If you're unsure whether or not your roof needs repairs, contact Graves Bros today and we'll have one of our roofing professionals conduct a full roof inspection.