Keep Your Cedar Roof Maintained During the Colder Months
Updated: Dec 14, 2020
It is important to maintain your cedar roof year round, but even more crucial during the winter. The colder months bring in thick moisture that leads to the growth of algae or moss. Without proper maintenance, a roof has no chance to look its best. When the cold months arrive, you can ensure proper cedar roof maintenance with these helpful tips.
Check Your Gutters
Gutters need to flow freely without blockage from leaves or other debris. Items that fill up the gutters will cause a clogged downspout. The danger in this is the gutters can fill up to the roof, potentially causing damage or rot. During these winter months, water build-up in the gutter has the greatest potential to freeze. Keep your gutters clean to prevent any type of cedar roof repair.
Trim Overhanging Tree Branches
Taking time to trim branches eventually goes a long way when it comes to cedar roof repair. Trees drop leaves as well as promote moss growth, which causes roof damage. Leaves and tree limbs have a tendency to hang low and graze the roof, potentially causing damage to shingles. Cold rainy months make way for frozen, heavy wet limbs. Professionals can keep your roof clear of moss without damaging any shingles. You may also want to hire a professional to trim back any trees that overhang. This decreases the chance of needing cedar roof repair.
Prevent Ice Dams
If you have an ice build-up, try to stall any snow or water from leaking into your roof. Prying off ice that has already formed damages the roof. Roof rakes help dislodge snow from within three feet of the gutter. When removing an ice dam, it is best to work from the ground up, and at an angle. This prevents any falling snow or ice injuries. Adequate insulation and sealed air leaks decrease the changes of any ice dams.
Maximizing the life of your roof, requires constant maintenance and inspection. A cedar roof inspection should be done at least twice each year, once during the spring and another during the fall. This allows you to see any problems after the extreme summer heat and winter cold. Proper inspections include: checking for cracks, splits or missing shingles, checking for debris, guaranteeing all seams and joints are sealed, and checking roof vents and fans.
For more information about care for your roof during the winter, contact us. Cedar Roof Coatings has been providing excellent care and maintenance to the Hamptons, Fairfield County and Westchester County homes for more than 30 years.