Our 6 Tips To Keep Your Roof Safe This Winter

Winter is here, and if you’re like most Colorodans, you’re well aware of the effects that our crazy weather can have on your home or business. Our recent snowstorm dropped nearly two feet of snow along the Front Range, which can put considerable strain on already-compromised roof systems. If you’re ready to take a proactive approach to keep your property safe this winter, then you’ve come to the right place!

Schroeder Roofing is here to serve as your premier team for roof replacements and repairs in Fort Collins and the surrounding areas. Since 1977, our professionals have worked to deliver the best results to home and business owners, and we’re confident that our professionalism and expertise will create the best result for your needs and your budget. We specialize in a range of services ranging from residential and commercial roofing to gutter repairs, insulation installation, and more.

Keep reading for a few of our top winter maintenance tips for your roof, and be sure to contact us online to schedule an inspection!

Clean Your Roof

While the snow is already upon us, it’s never too late to get the ladder out and perform a perfunctory glance at your roof for debris. As long as it is safe to do so, you should remove leaves, branches, dirt, trash, and any other materials. This will help to prevent future clogs once the weather returns. If the task seems daunting, it’s always recommended to reach out to a professional for service. Otherwise, be sure to clear away any random materials across your roof. This includes checking any vents, skylights, and other components which may harbor unwanted debris. Doing so will keep things clear later on and protect your property from damage.

Clear Away Encroaching Trees

Nobody wants to deal with damages resulting from falling branches or trees, which is why it’s always recommended to clear away any low-hanging branches. Snow storms can put considerable weight upon your trees and their limbs, with ice buildup creating the potential for branches to break and suddenly fall. This can put the building and its inhabitants at risk, and may cause undue damage to your roof system.

Minor branch removal can be done on a clear afternoon, but if you’re facing a monumental task, we recommend hiring professionals for the job. You can expect a safe and effective result, along with serious peace of mind once the next blizzard arrives!

Keep Your Gutters Clean and Free

One goal of these tips is to reduce the strain placed on your gutter system. Drainpipes and gutters serve an essential function in moving moisture away from the property’s foundation. Clogs can cause water to build in volume, placing unnecessary strain on gutters while also increasing the risk of ice damming. Excess water can freeze, then thaw, then freeze again, creating expansive ice along the siding and foundation. These problems can create a serious headache for Colorado home and business owners. Long-term exposure to moisture may lead to bigger problems within the fascia, soffit, and foundation of your property. We recommend keeping your gutters clear at all times to minimize the risks of moisture damage.

Remove Pesky Snow

While we all know it’s impossible (and also unsafe!) to clear away all of the snow on your roof, it can prove helpful to get rid of any snow accumulation in close proximity to your drains and gutters. This can help to reduce the strain on your gutters once the snow begins to thaw, and can help to reduce the chances of ice damming along the property. You can rely on a rake to get the job done, or reach out for help if there’s just too much snow.

Keep an Eye on Your Roof

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and when it comes to roof repairs and replacement services, a keen eye can help to save you from a ton of headache! We recommend staying off of your roof as often as possible (especially in icy conditions) while still inspecting the entire surface before and after inclement weather strikes. Check the perimeter of your home, and keep an eye out for any sagging, ice damming, clogs, or excess moisture. Proactively addressing problems now can help to save you a good amount of money and heartache later on!

Hire a Professional for Help

If you’re in doubt or have any concerns about your roof this winter, it’s always prudent to reach out to a trusted roofing contractor for assistance. A search for Colorado roofing contractors should provide a number of qualified companies, each employing professionals trained to address a range of needs in the most effective manner possible. A roof replacement is one of the biggest investments you can make in your home, and one that should be cared for to ensure the best longevity and value. Professional roofing companies have the skills and equipment to get the job done safely. Plus, they’re licensed and insured for additional peace of mind.

Contact Us Today!

Schroeder Roofing of Northern Colorado specializes in roof replacement services and more in Fort Collins, serving the Front Range with pride since 1977. Our team can provide ideal services to keep your home or business safe this winter. By combining your proactive maintenance measures with the skills and expertise of our roofing contractors, you can expect to achieve serious longevity and peace of mind. Ready to get started? Contact us online to learn about our services and to schedule your appointment!