Over 14% of US homeowners have metal roofs installed in their homes. In the winter months, their decision looks particularly forward-thinking, not just because of the energy efficiency, but also the low maintenance benefits and the ability to take a beating over an extended period of time.
With all that taken into consideration, Metal Roofs are like every other roof you can buy in the sense that they need TLC every now and then, too. This holds especially true in the winter, which is what we’re here to talk about today.
Here are four things you can do to keep your metal roof in tip-top shape during the winter months. Let’s jump right in!
Be sure you keep your gutters clean
As is the case with any type of roof, keeping your gutters clean so that water can drain properly from your roof is important. No matter where your house is located, gutters take a real beating over time and can fill up with all sorts of dirt, leaves and not so great detritus. Make sure they’re clear so the water doesn’t back up, turn into ice and create ice dams.
Keep those trees trimmed
Random tree branches are just as much of a hazard to metal roofs as they are to other types. They can also scratch and cause abrasions that damage the finish. Be sure to keep these errant branches trimmed and away from your roof.
Keep an eye on the debris
Metal roofs naturally shed more debris than other kinds of roofs – largely due to their smooth finish. This is great for the roof, but it can also mean that a lot of debris can pile up in places like gutters and around the outside of you home. Just be conscious of that and try to keep on top of it. Especially with regards to gutters – build up can get the better of you a good deal quicker.
Metal roofs do a remarkable job of shedding snow and ice in the winter. But in particularly heavy snowfalls, there is a bit of danger in this because large clumps of snow can detach from the roof and fall all at once. Just be conscious of this. This is particularly important to consider when you’re in areas that don’t normally get a lot of snow. Snow guards help prevent this from happening – and make sure they’re installed on your roof – just in case.