Winter roof maintenance: 5 tips

As winter comes closer, here at Roofing Matters Group, we wanted to give you 5 roof winter maintenance tips so you can focus on Christmas and new year’s. The last thing that you want is having to repair or renew your roof. Leaks can occur at any time of the year so it’s essential to maintain your roof regularly to keep it in tip-top condition.

Clear Debris

During the winter months, strong winds will move all kinds of dirt and debris across your roof. It is important that you look to remove this as soon as possible to prevent any blockages in your gutters and downpipes. Leaves and all kinds of dirt and grime can quickly accumulate to block important areas. If that water can’t exit your roof the way it was designed to then it will find other ways. That could mean through your property, and no one wants a roof leaking in winter!

Gutters

It is often recommended to check your gutters twice a year, preferably at the beginning of winter. Ideally just after all the leaves have fallen from any closely located trees. If you there are a lot of trees within the vicinity, then you might want to check more often.

Repair Flashing

At the beginning of your winter roof maintenance routine, it is important to take a look at your existing flashing. Is it still in good condition? Does it look like it’s coming away or can you spot any rips or tears in it? If so, then you’ll need to get it repaired quickly or you could find water and moisture entering your property. Resulting in needing an entirely new roof which is not ideal in the winter months.

Lead Flashing

It is important to check this even if your flashing has been recently replaced as over time it can become warped or even loosen.

Remove Snow

We all know that the British weather is any but predictable. Recent years, however, seeing snow at winter has been a more common occurrence. While it may look nice to have your rooftop covered in snow, left to sit too long, it can cause damage.

Even if the snow is left to melt, an ice dam can be caused when the temperatures dip at night and re-freeze the precipitation. Any sort of dam, in and around the gutters can cause a backup or blockage which, if left, could result in a new roof being required.

Remediate All Wind Damage

Inspect your roof for any signs of wind damage and look to repair any spots that may have become compromised. You’re specifically looking for missing, broken, or damaged tiles or other roofing materials.

If left untreated, these vulnerable spots won’t just open your home up to leaks. They’ll also serve as breeding grounds for some nasty bacteria and mould.

Hire a Professional Inspection

While there are some roof maintenance tasks you can perform yourself, if you really want to get your home in quality shape for the winter. It’s best to hire a professional roofing company to take care of the major work.

By letting the experts take the reins, you’ll not only save your back and ensure your safety. You’ll also have the peace of mind that everything is properly checked and repaired. That way, you can enjoy the winter and all the festivities it brings without having to stress or worry about the condition of your roof!

All of us at Roofing Matters Group want to wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year! If you have any concerns about your roof, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with our team here.