How to protect and maintain your roof this winter
Our team of Burnley roofers are feeling festive and jolly as advent progresses, and although the winter is generally thought of as a magical time of year, there are certainly more pressing aspects aspects aside from mince pies and turkey that should be considered as the cold weather really sets in.
Weather conditions during this particular season are arguably the most varied and unpredictable of the entire year, with heavy rain one day, sharp frost the next and gale force winds in between. The roof of a house understandably bears the brunt of most of this hostile weather, and keeping it maintained is vital for the well being of both your family and your home.
Here are a few tips on how to protect your roof this winter, from your favourite Burnley roofers.
1. Remove ice and snow
Though it may look picturesque, an excessive amount of snow resting on your roof presents the risk of a partial or total structural collapse. An average sized roof covered by a couple of feet of snow can weigh as much as 19 tons, and once ice, rain and even sleet appear, this mass only increases over time and adds more strain to the structure of your house. Regularly removing snow from your roof when there has been a large amount of snowfall will help to keep it strong and structurally sound, and help you to steer clear of calling out Burnley roofers.
2. Check your insulation
Poor insulation of a roof can cause a number of problems, the biggest of which is the formation of ice dams. If your roof is too warm, snow will fall on to it and melt, allowing it to run down the drain and into the gutter where it will then refreeze, causing a blockage that will only get larger and larger over time. Ice dams have been known to bring down entire guttering systems.
3. Check for broken tiles and damaged bricks
Though one or two missing tiles may seem innocuous in the spring or the summer, when the weather turns the chances are that rain, wind and snow will only exacerbate the problem and ignoring these missing or broken tiles can lead to leaks. Not rectifying this problem soon enough increases the risk of further damage both to the outside and the inside of your home.
4. Keep your guttering clear
It is recommended that you make a regular effort to clean the leaves, moss and other assorted plant life from your gutter. Though this is encouraged all year round, having a clear gutter is especially important for your home and roof in the winter months, as the prevalence of rain and snow during the season means that your guttering will be at its busiest. If snow and ice are given the opportunity to settle amongst this waste, then you will run into a set of more difficult problems in the future.
If you have any concerns about the weathering of your roof, or you need advice on any issues you have noticed popping up as the weather worsens, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Burnley roofers, Absolute. Our friendly team will be happy to take care of all your roofing woes!