The winter months can place a great deal of stress on the exterior surfaces of your home, and your roof is no exception. In fact, the large surface area of your roof and its relatively shallow slope means that your roof will hold onto large amounts of snow and ice, and will, therefore, experience a great deal more general stress than other exterior surfaces. Fortunately, there are a few different things that you can do to reduce the overall amount of wear and stress that your roof experiences throughout the winter months to ensure that roofing leaks and structural issues do not develop.
The most important, and also the easiest, thing that you can do to ensure that your roof is well prepared to weather the winter months is to make sure that the gutters and downspouts have been completely cleaned out and are not damaged. This will help ensure proper drainage of water off of your roof once the temperature ticks above freezing again, preventing standing water causing increased wear to your roofing materials or increasing the risk of leaks developing within the interior of your attic.
Check the Flashing
Another particular problem area on your roof that can easily allow water to enter your home once the snow and ice melts is the flashing around your vents and chimney. Flashing is the metal or plastic seal that goes over the base of these installations and prevents water from seeping into the gaps in your roof. You'll want to contact a roofing professional to replace broken pieces, or any flashing that has begun to separate from its fasteners (which can happen or be aggravated by freezing and thawing temperatures causing the flashing to expand and contract).
Besides doing work on the exterior of your roof, you should also take the time to inspect the interior of your attic to see if there are any signs of damage or insulation that needs to be replaced. You'll want to make sure that there is adequate insulation in your attic, that is free from any signs pest infestation or water damage. Clumped up, ripped, or otherwise damaged insulation can point to a leak or a pest infestation that will need to be dealt with: however, you will also have to replace the insulation to ensure that heat does not leak out of your roof throughout the winter and cause your energy bills to skyrocket.
Contact a company like Queston Construction Inc for more information and assistance.