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Winter Roof Care: A Guide to Keeping Your Home Snow-Proof

As we endure the frigid cold of these Winter months it presents a unique opportunity to do a ground inspection of your roof to see spots of potential trouble that could be addressed in the Spring well before the snow flies next Winter.

To be clear it is never a good idea to get on a roof in the Winter. Climbing a ladder is a big no also! If you do have an issue that must be addressed, call a pro. At Republic Roofing we are happy to provide the service. However, if there is ice, snow or if the roof is wet we will not put our technicians on your roof. Safety first! Everything can wait until safe conditions return and a proper assessment can be made. Given these factors it is perfectly fine to walk around your home and look for a few things that can be spotted from the ground.

Winter brings unique challenges that can impact your roof's integrity. In this blog post, we'll explore essential tips to ensure your roof stays strong, resilient, and leak-free during the cold season.

Clear the Gutters

Invest in gutter guards (Here at Republic Roofing we can install these) or schedule for your gutters to be cleaned each Fall. Clean gutters can help to avoid ice damming. 

Remove Snow and Ice

Why it matters: Excessive snow accumulation can strain your roof's structure and lead to leaks. Look for snow or ice buildup in Valley’s or dead spaces on your roof. During off-season install roof heaters in troubled areas if you  have a persistent problem. 

What to do: Hire a professional to safely remove snow using a roof rake, avoiding the use of sharp tools that can damage shingles.

Inspect for Leaks and Damage

Why it matters: Winter can exacerbate existing issues, leading to water infiltration.

What to do: Conduct regular roof inspections from the ground, checking for damaged or missing shingles, and address issues promptly.

Ensure Proper Insulation

Why it matters: Adequate insulation prevents heat from escaping and causing uneven snowmelt.

What to do: Check and bolster insulation in your attic, paying attention to areas near vents and pipes.

Ventilate Your Attic

Why it matters: Proper ventilation helps maintain a consistent roof temperature and prevents ice damming.

What to do: Ensure your attic has sufficient ventilation to allow for proper airflow.

Seal Any Gaps or Leaks

Why it matters: Gaps in your roof can allow warm air to escape, contributing to ice dam formation.

What to do: Call a professional to seal any gaps or leaks in your roof to prevent heat loss and maintain a cold roof temperature.

Trim Overhanging Branches

Why it matters: Snow and ice accumulation on overhanging branches can lead to damage.

What to do: Schedule a professional to trim branches that extend over your roof to prevent potential hazards.

Install Ice and Water Shield

Why it matters: Adding an ice and water shield provides an extra layer of protection against ice dams.

What to do: Consider installing a high-quality ice and water shield in vulnerable areas of your roof. At Republic Roofing we install ice and water barrier on a regular basis. 


Winter roof care is a proactive approach to safeguarding your home from potential winter-related damages. By taking these steps to clear gutters, remove snow, inspect for leaks, ensure proper insulation and ventilation, seal gaps, trim branches, and consider additional protective measures, you can enjoy a cozy winter without worrying about your roof's well-being. Stay warm, stay dry!

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