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Preparing Your Roof for Winter: A Comprehensive Guide

Every homeowner in Calgary and Edmonton understands the harsh conditions their home withstands every winter. When it comes to the roof, freezing temperatures can cause shingles and tiles to become brittle and more susceptible to cracking, while heavy snowfall can put pressure on the roof, leaving it vulnerable to weakening and buckling. However, preparing your roof for winter ahead of extreme temperature drops and snowfall can ensure your home stays warm, safe, and in good repair all winter long. 

Use this guide to prepare your home for snow and storms this winter. 

Hire a Professional to Inspect Your Roof

Before the winter season hits, reach out to A. Clark Roofing & Siding to schedule a comprehensive roof inspection with one of our licensed roofers. We’ll assess your roof from end to end, identify any concerns, and make suggestions on how to prepare your roof for winter effectively.  

If you have any loose or missing shingles, we can replace or secure them to prevent leaks. We’ll also check areas around chimneys and vents and apply sealant along any gaps or cracks to ensure your home isn’t leaking warm air or letting moisture and cold air inside.

Trim Any Branches Hanging Over the Roof

If you have tall trees in your yard, overhanging branches can be hazardous to your home in the wintertime. Heavy snow can cause branches to break, and if they fall on your roof, the resulting damage is usually substantial. By trimming overhanging branches or hiring an arborist to do it for you, you can prevent branches from breaking and puncturing or otherwise injuring the roof. 

Ensure Your Roof, Gutters, and Downspouts are Clean

If your roof is cluttered with debris or your gutters and downspouts are full of old leaves and dirt, you’ll run the risk of water backing up and freezing on your roof. While you’re cleaning, ensure that all of your gutters are fastened to the house securely and that your downspouts are directing water away from the house.

Clear Any Obstructions from Soffits and Vents

If your soffits and vents are obstructed, air can’t flow properly, and condensation can quickly build up in the winter. By clearing these obstructions, you’ll be able to prevent ice dam formation on your roof, which can cause long-term damage and roof leaks.

Protect Your Roof with Snow Guards

Heavy snow accumulating on your roof can cause damage, but it can also be dangerous. When snow piles slide off your roof, injury and property damage can occur as a result. Snow guards stop snow piles from sliding off abruptly and help snow distribute across your rooftop more evenly, preventing cracks and roof buckling. 

Check Your Insurance

While taking measures to prepare your roof for winter can prevent damage when the weather turns cold, winter-related roof problems can still occur. Ensure your homeowner’s insurance policy includes coverage for roof damage stemming from heavy snowfall and ice, and ensure you follow the policy’s guidelines for inspections and maintenance. 

Prepare Your Roof for Winter with A. Clark Roofing & Siding

Protect your roof against winter damage with the help of A. Clark Roofing & Siding. We have more than 70 years of helping Alberta’s homeowners and business owners by providing roof inspections, repairs, and maintenance services. 

Contact us today to schedule your winter roof inspection.

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