Winters Coming: Prepare Your Metal Roof For The Cold

With the cold weather moving in, it's time to start worrying about snow and ice, especially where your metal roof is concerned. Metal is one of the best materials for residential roofs. However, you do need to take steps to provide the proper protection during the winter, especially if your roof is going to be exposed to snow or ice. Here are some helpful tips that will protect your metal roof from winter damage. 

Start With a Service Call

Now that the temperatures are starting to dip, it's best that you schedule a service call for your roof. There may be damage that your unaware of, especially if you haven't had your roof inspected in a while. One of the best ways to ensure a safe winter for your roof is to start with an inspection and service call. Pests, wind, and even tree branches can cause significant damage to your metal roof. During the inspection, be sure to have your roofing company care for any damages or retrofitting that needs to be done. That way, your risk of emergency situations will be decreased. 

Equip Your Roof With Snow Guards

If you didn't include snow guards when your metal roof was installed, take care of that before winter settles in with a vengeance. Snow can slide right off of metal roofs, which can pose a risk for anyone who may be down below. Unfortunately, snow sliding too quickly off your roof can also cause damage to the metal. Snow guards will protect you and your roof from injuries and damage caused by snow slides. 

Don't Allow the Snow to Pack

There may be times when the snow won't slide easily off your roof. In those instances, you want to work to avoid snow packs. The weight of a heavy snow pack can cause your roof to collapse under the pressure. The best way to avoid a roof collapse is to prevent the snow packs. After each heavy snow, you should use a roof broom to clear your roof. You can also hire someone to come out and clear the snow. 

Monitor Your Roof for Problems

Winter can be particularly difficult for your roof. One way to provide protection is to monitor your roof for problems throughout the winter. You can do that by inspecting your roof for visible damage each time you clear the snow. If you see signs of visible damage, contact your roofing company immediately. It's also important that you contact your roofing company as soon as possible if you see wet spots on your ceiling. Those wet spots are a sign that winter has caused your roof to leak.