Roofing Maintenance Tips for Winter

Proper Winter Maintenance For Residential Roofs

residential roof in winterThe winter season presents some unique challenges when it comes to maintaining your roof as well as ensuring that you and your family stay safe and warm inside your home. While the materials your roof is made from are hardy and can withstand the harsh winter months of Denver, our Denver roof repair and replacement experts recommend that you take a few precautions to help maintain your residential roofs. 

At Darby Enterprises, we have seen many residential roofs that have not been properly maintained during the winter and the results are dramatic. To help you avoid major roofing costs in the future (once the snow melts), here are some important winter maintenance tips:

  • Clear snow from your roof: If you have a roof rake, we recommend that you use it to clear snow from within four feet of your drains and gutters. This will help to improve drainage when the ice and snowmelt. If there is an abundance of snow, call in the professionals to help clear your residential roof.
  • Keep gutters clean: When that ice and snowmelt (even temporarily), you want to make sure it is able to drain from your roof. Access water on your roof can cause serious damage to the inside and outside. Clogged gutters can lead to ice building up in the gutters which keeps moisture around your home.
  • Check the roof: Do not actually go onto the roof, especially if there are snow and ice. That should be left to professional roof repair and replacement specialists. However, you should check for any noticeable sagging visible from the ground level. If you see anything, contact Darby Enterprises for a professional inspection.
  • Make sure debris and dangers are clear: Are there dead branches on trees that hang over your home? Are there leaves built up in the gutters or on the roof? Clear them out or hire a tree trimmer to get rid of potential dangers. A dead branch weighed down by snow may break and land on your roof, damaging the roof and other areas of your home.
  • Inspect the roof flashing: One of the central components of your roof is the flashing. It is either galvanized metal or aluminum and is placed along joints and other roof intersections. Flashing is designed to direct water to run off the slope of the roof or missing or corroded flashing can lead to serious water damage.

Contact Our Denver Roof Repair Specialists

At Darby Enterprises, we have over 27 years of experience inspecting, repairing, and replacing residential roofs in the Denver metro area. If you have concerns about your roof, especially with the winter months in full swing, contact us for a quote and to discuss your roof repair job. We have the experience, skills, and knowledge to provide you with the best possible Denver roof repair and replacement at an affordable price.