snow and ice

Did you know that blizzards are getting more common in the United States? Although this projection is cause for concern, there are things you can do to prepare for it.

Keep reading to learn about 5 tips for protecting your roof from snow and ice this winter.

1. Keep an Eye on the Surrounding Trees

Trees that fall during a snowstorm can totally demolish your roof and home. Take a stroll around your house and note of any trees that look old, precarious, or simply too close to your home.

You should trim trees that are close if not get rid of them completely just to be safe. You should at least trim them because debris, such as twigs and leaves, can help create ice dams.

Ice dams form along the edges of your roof, blocking the regular flow of melted snow and water. All of this can wreak havoc on the inside and outside of your home.

2. Remove Blockages from Your Gutters

Cleaning out the debris that collects in your gutters is yet another way to prevent the formation of ice dams. It’s important to keep gutters squeaky clean so that the water can flow smoothly and quickly.

You should also take note of where your gutters are draining. If it’s too close to the foundations or your house then you might want to buy some extensions to allow the drainage to occur at a safer distance.

3. Install Guards

After you’ve cleared out the debris from your gutters, you should install gutter guards that prevent the collection of more debris. That way you don’t have to keep cleaning out the gutters.

If the roof of your home is sloped like most other houses, then you should invest in snow guards. Sliding ice can not only damage shingles, but it could seriously injure your loved ones if it falls on top of them.

4. Check Your Insulation

If you have an attic or a flat roof, then it’s especially important that you have proper insulation between you and your roof.

An added benefit to this is that it will make your home warmer.

5. Assess Your Current Roof

It’s crucial to stay on top of roof maintenance well before any potential snowstorms hit.

While the weather outside is not so frightful, you should take some time to assess how your roof has been holding up over the years. Are there missing shingles, cracks in the gutter, leaks, or other concerning things? If so, you should consider getting it checked by a professional.

Ready to Protect Your Roof from Snow and Ice?

Now that you know how to protect your roof from snow and ice, you can begin to get ready for the coming winter.

Looking to get your roof prepped and reinforced by professionals? Detailed Roofing and Construction can give you peace of mind so that all you’ll need for the winter is a hot cup of cocoa. Contact us now to learn more about our highly-rated services.