Cleaning the roof isn’t anyone’s go-to favorite hobby, but roof maintenance is a must during the winter months in order to prevent any potential roof damage. It’s the coldest time of the year, and your roof is one of the most important parts of your house when it comes to protecting your family and keeping everyone warm during the winter months.
Remove Debris From Your Roof Before First Snowfall
The Northwest is one of the greenest areas of America with so many beautiful trees located just about everywhere you can see. Almost every yard in Portland has at least ten trees, making for a beautiful view during the summer, but can often pose problems during the winter. When overhanging branches are dropping leaves onto your roof during the winter months, it’s important to remove them as quickly as possible for you don’t want leaves and twigs to clog your gutters. In addition, debris that’s on your roof can act as a dam, trapping water and become a cause for concern.
Keep Gutters Clean
With loads of rain and snowfall, it’s imperative that water drains freely down the gutters. If there is a clog in your gutters, water can get trapped and with temperatures dipping overnight, ice dams can form. The accumulated water can work its way under roof shingles and into the home, causing significant damage to ceilings, walls and floors. In addition, the weight of the ice can often cause gutters and downspouts to break off from the house, bringing the fascia boards with them, which is a major cost to repair.
Remove Snow From Roof
With a snow rake, try to remove as much snow as possible from the roof to improve drainage once the snow begins to melt. If there is too much snow, contact a professional from Willamette Roof to assist you and get the job done.