4 Essential Roofing Maintenance Tips for Winter

As Winter lags on, the dropping temperatures can result in extra wear and tear on your roof. It’s important that property managers and homeowners know how to properly maintain their roofing systems. Use this checklist to ward off winter roofing damage and safeguard its longevity.

  • Check Your Ventilation System Throughout the Winter

Poor ventilation and insulation in your attic can put your roof at risk of succumbing to winter elements, like the formation of ice dams. Inspect your attic for sufficient ventilation routes and undamaged insulation. Consistent airflow in the attic is key to protect the integrity of your roof. When a home has poor roof ventilation or minimal insulation hot air and moisture radiate into the attic resulting in a cold upper floor and energy loss. Condensation from the roof deck can cause interior water damage, while condensation on the roof deck can cause mildew and wood rot.

Note: the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) recommends installation of ice and water dam protection membrane in locations where the average temperature for January is 30ºF or less. This can include parts of Colorado.

  • Remove Ice and Snow as Soon as Possible

While we all love the postcard perfect look of sparkling snow atop quaint rooftop homes, it can spell disaster if left to sit for too long.

Snow and ice buildup put a lot of weight on your roof, which can cause major damage to any area that may be slightly compromised. Ice dams occur when a ridge of ice forms at the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow (water) from draining off the roof. Precipitation or melted ice can re-freeze in these areas and wreak havoc. Ice dams can result in loose shingles and water leaks into the walls, ceilings, and insulation.

Remove all ice and snow as soon as possible. Use “roof rakes” if needed, but use with caution as these may damage the roofing materials.





  • Check for Proper Drainage

Gutters and downspouts should be continually assessed and cleared, if needed. As snow begins to melt, it will need clear routes to drain properly. Any leftover autumn leaved or foliage in gutters can clog and obstruct water flow. If water collects in gutters, it can create seriously problems as temperature drop overnight. Standing water can damage your siding, fascia or the foundation of the house. Quick and efficient drainage will also help reduce the risks of ice damage and the formation of ice dams.


  • Get a Winter Inspection

Ask a professional roofer, like Core Contractors, Roofing Systems to do a free inspection. We will happily inspect the entire roof and focus on flashing areas, which can be prone to leaking. If damage is found, or issues that could lead to damage, we will thoroughly explain the problem and work with you to provide the best possible solutions.


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Comments (18)

  • I find it surprising when you said that poor ventilation and insulation in the attic can lead to a damaged roof during winter. In my opinion, one should hire a replacement service to swap the old roofing material with a new one. That way, it can help add more years to the house’s lifespan and protect it from water damage.

  • I like your tip about checking gutters and downspouts. This is really helpful considering you don’t want a gutter to overflow. I’ll have to consider your tips so that my roof is ready in the winter.

  • There are a lot of things a homeowner can do to keep their roof safe this winter. Being proactive is a great start. The best way to ensure a healthy roof is to contact a professional with the right tools and safety equipment.

  • This is some really good information about roofing maintenance. I liked that you explained. That you pointed out that it would be smart to remove ice as quickly as possible. That is great for me to know because I want my roof to last a long time.

  • Winter is coming and we must make sure our drainage system is properly checked and our roof and ceiling are prepared for the winter season.

  • I like the idea that you can look into getting an inspection in the winter. This is a wonderful way to make sure that you are getting the most out of your roof and keeping it in shape. My sister might like knowing this as she looks into getting a roofing contractor.

  • I wanted to thank you for these roofing advice for the winters. You mentioned that gutters should be continually cleared as needed. I’m interested to learn if it could also be good to get gutters replaced before winter starts so they can handle the snow and ice.

  • I thought that it was interesting that you explained that poor ventilation and insulation in your attic can put your roof at risk of succumbing to the winter elements. I would imagine that hiring a professional to check the ventilation and insulation in your attic routinely would ensure that your roof will last a long time. I will consider hiring a professional to ensure that my roof doesn’t need any repairs.

  • I love your tip about how leftover foliage in gutters can block water flow. That makes sense considering you want the pressure to come off the roof and the water to go to the streets where it belongs. I’ll have to consider hiring a roofing contractor to clean up the leaves and check my shingles for damage.

  • I appreciate what you said about assessing gutters and downspouts during the winter. Installing new roofing materials is a simple way of adding value to your property overall. My best friend wants to get new roofing installed on his own home, so I’ll help him find a contractor that has an amazing reputation.

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