Roof With Snow

Winter is coming, and safety is our priority here at Eaton Roofing & Exteriors. As leading providers of new roof installation services in Kansas, we help families stay protected from the elements. In fact, the following maintenance tips can help you to keep your roof in excellent condition throughout the colder months.


Ice dams occur when snowmelt pools behind the ice buildup along the margins of your roof. This water can back up under the shingles and leak into your home. You can prevent this from happening by keeping heat out of your attic. To do that, you have to provide your roof with sufficient ventilation through an air channel right underneath the shingles and along the ridge. The goal is to keep the temperature in the underside of your roof the same as that on the surface to prevent the ice from melting.


Clear drainpipes and gutters assist with draining the water from your roof as ice and snow melt. If water starts to collect in your gutters, it can cause severe issues as temperatures drop over the night. Gutters that become clogged with ice lead to damming within your gutters and downspouts. These ice dams surround your home with moisture and can damage the siding and foundation of a building.


Flashing is installed around the chimney, vent pipes and along the valley of your roof. They close up gaps between major parts of the roof, which are most vulnerable to leak. Another way of getting your roof ready for winter is ensuring that the flashing is properly sealed off. If you find signs of damage or wear, replace the flashing immediately. If possible, secure all flashing by re-plastering with plastic cement.


If you experienced hail damage over the spring or summer months to your roof, have a roofing professional evaluate the condition of your roof before the snow starts to fall. You especially need assistance from a professional if you have steep slope roof that makes it dangerous to work on the roof yourself. Instead, take a walk around the perimeter of your home and look for signs of sagging, damaged tiles, or torn asphalt. If you spot any problems, contact a roofing professional immediately before they get worse.


Any snow that falls within four feet of your gutters and drains should be removed to improve your drainage. Rakes are an excellent tool for clearing the snow off your roof. If there is too much snow, call a professional so that they can remove the snow for you.

Before the winter weather sets in this year, make sure to invest time and attention to the roof over your head, so that it helps protect your home through the cold and snow ahead. For more information or to receive a free estimate, click here to contact a member of our team today!