Prepare Your Roof For Seattle Winters

At Guardian Roofing and Gutter Installation, we want your home to be a safe and welcoming place for you and your family.

We think that  an important part of your home maintenance is to have your roof and gutters inspected and cleaned regularly. Cleaning and maintenance are vital to your roof and gutter system function efficiently. Though easily overlooked, your roof is your home’s first defense against the elements and often receives the toughest beating from the elements. Here in the Pacific Northwest, the fluctuating temperatures, coupled with heavy tree coverage and heavier rainfall means your roof has the potential to fail sooner if not maintained properly. 

Especially during Seattle’s harsh and cold winters, it’s important to prepare your roof and home for the winter weather. Here is some tips on how to better prepare your roof for Seattle Winters:

Seattle Home in Winter

  • Clean Your Gutters
    To prepare for what Seattle winters will bring, make sure that your home gutters are adequately cleaned.  A buildup of water and debris, like leaves and needles, could cause leaks and you won’t want to worry about your gutters with snow or ice on the ground. Make sure to keep an eye on your gutters throughout the seasons and get a professional Guardian roof and gutter inspection before harsh weather conditions begin. 

  • Trim Trees and Landscaping
    It’s important that you cut back heavy tree limbs that might brush against, fall on, or erode roofing materials. Overhanging branches can also lead to squirrels and other pests climbing onto your roof and creating holes to access your nice warm attic. Removing leaves and needles from your roof’s surface is also important. Leaf buildup can lead to moisture build up in certain areas on your roof mold algae and moss growth and damage shingles and flashing. 

  • Prevent Ice/Snow Build Up
    Snow can be fun to play in, but snow can result in a build up on your roof and cause ice damage. If you have an older roof, heavy snow build up could possibly result in a roof collapse. Also, as snow melts and refreezes, the resulting ice can accumulate under your shingles damaging your roof. To remove snow from your roof, carefully scrape away whatever snow you can reach with a snow rake. This will relieve the weight of snow on your roof and lessen the chance of causing a snow collapse. During the winter months, try to rake away snow from your room as much as you can so your roof stays protected. 

  • Attic Insulation and Ventilation
    Inadequate or poorly located attic soffits or vents can cause condensation on the plywood decking that supports your roof shingles, which can lead to leaks and wood rot. Inadequate insulation can also trap moisture which can seep through nail holes and destroy the roofs decking or your room’s ceiling. It’s recommended that you get a Guardian roofing contractor to inspect your home and check on the location of vents and attic insulation. We can ensure your attic insulation, ventilation, and roofing surface are ready to go for the winter and can make any changes and fixes if necessary.

Guardian Roofing recommends that your roof be inspected at least once a year. Doing this, and investing in a regular maintenance program, can prolong the life of your roof, give you the peace of mind, and prevent damage to your home.

When your home is ready for a new roof, repairs, or maintenance, you need a reliable, dependable roof repair company. You count on your roofing contractor to keep your home safe and dry. Guardian Roofing is committed to providing top-quality service, professionalism and workmanship.

If you are looking for a roof repair contractor please call us today at 877-926-9966 or complete our online service request form »