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How to Ensure Your Cedar Roof Is Ready for Winter

Updated: Jul 14


Cedar roofs look beautiful and can add tremendous curb appeal to your home. They have a distinct character that make your home unique and can help insulate your attic. However, they can also be very expensive to replace, which is why it’s extremely important that you take good care of your cedar roof. This is particularly important during winter, when the harsh climate in Connecticut and New York can do a number on any roof. Here are five ways to ensure your cedar roof is ready for whatever winter might throw at it.

1. Clean Your Gutters

Cleaning your roof gutters regularly is always important, but it’s even more crucial in the winter when snow, water and ice can easily collect on your roof. If debris is blocking your gutters and downspouts, that water can build up and rot your roof. The longer you wait, the harder this task will be, as more snow and ice gums up the works with each passing snowfall.

2.Inspect Your Roof

Take a good look at your cedar roof. Is it sagging in the middle? Check the attic or top-floor ceiling. Are you seeing water damage? These are signs that your roof is compromised. If it is, a heavy snowfall might collapse it, which can be an expensive disaster. Make sure a compromised roof is repaired so it is structurally sound before winter strikes. If you’d like to have a professional come out and inspect your roof we’d be happy to do so.

3. Ventilate Your Attic

Setting up air ventilation in your attic is a great way to avoid snow and ice buildup on your roof. The ventilation system creates a natural airflow, which reduces snow and ice buildup.

4. Examine the Vents, Deck and Flashing

These are all features of your roof designed to protect it from the elements, so if any of these features show excessive wear, replace or repair them before winter comes.

5. Use a Professional for Inspection and Maintenance

The safest way to prepare your cedar roof for winter is to have a full professional inspection and maintenance. Have the professional check for any cracks, curled roof shingles, structural weaknesses or leaks. For quality cedar roof preservation, restoration and repair in Fairfield County CT, Westchester County NY or The Hamptons, contact Cedar Roof Coatings today. Cedar Roof Coatings offers full roof inspection, as well as complete maintenance and care for your roof that can not only help it protect it from the elements, but can also help your roof enjoy 10 to 15 more years of life.

You can get a free estimate so you know exactly what to expect, but the peace of mind that comes from knowing your cedar roof is professionally inspected and ready for a harsh winter is priceless. Remember that replacing a roof that is damaged beyond repair can cost a fortune, and taking care of any problems before they become more serious can save you a lot of money.


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