Preventing Winter Damage to Your Roof

Preventing Winter Damage to Your Roof

Many people focus on preparing their roof for the stormy spring and summer months, yet forget about the stress of winter. If you truly want to extend the longevity of your roof materials, be sure to take the appropriate steps to maintain their quality and condition all year long. At CMR Construction & Roofing, we are proud to offer dependable commercial and residential roofing for clients across the United States. We understand the importance of roof maintenance and want to share a few tips that can help you prevent unwanted damage over the winter season.

Be Cautious When Decorating for the Holidays
Is decorating your home the highlight of the holidays for your family? Be careful when placing string lights, figures, and other decorations on your roof. Not only is there a danger of falling, but you could also harm your roofing materials. While a few flashing lights won’t be a burden, you should avoid putting large items on your roof. Without proper placement, heavy objects could slip and damage your roof tiles or shingles. If possible, try to limit the number of items on your roof and opt to showcase your giant “Happy Holidays” sign or animatronic reindeers on the front lawn instead.

Remove Build-Up of Ice and Snow
If you live in an area that receives heavy snow and ice, be careful not to let it accumulate on your roof. While quality roof materials like ceramic tiles, slate, or metal panels are designed to withstand harsh weather, allowing piles of snow to remain on the roof for months can increase the risk of damage and reduce the overall longevity of your roof. Use the proper tools to safely remove any excess snow or icicles when necessary.

Keep Gutters Clean and Well Maintained
Large Oaks, Maples, and other varieties of ornamental shade trees provide many benefits, but they also shed many leaves when the temperature begins to drop. There can be unexpected consequences if leaves, birds’ nests, and other debris find their way into gutters and downspouts and aren’t cleared out before winter. Gutters are designed to carry water a safe distance away from your property. When gutters become clogged, they can no longer function correctly, often resulting in significant water damage. Avoid trouble by cleaning out your gutters and downspouts seasonally.

Do You Need a Roof Repair or Replacement? Call CMR Construction & Roofing
Are you concerned that your roof has suffered damage? Is it time for you to prepare your roof for the coldest season of the year? Then get help from the experts at CMR Construction & Roofing. Our team of specialists is pleased to provide high-quality residential and commercial roof repair, installation, replacement, and inspection services for your home. Contact our office to learn more or to schedule a time to meet with a roofing professional in your area.