How to Prepare your Roof and Gutters for Winter

Front view of falling snow with home during rare storm in Pacific Northwest of United States

Winter often means rain and sometimes snow for British Columbia. And with rain and snow comes the increased risk of weather damage to your home. Protect your home before it’s too late and follow these tips on how to prep your roof and gutters for winter.

Clean Your Gutters:

Remove all debris and leaves that may have fallen into your gutters. If leaves are trapped in your gutter and a massive downpour occurs, you run the risk of clogging your gutters, potentially leading them to collapse or having water flow to other areas of your home. Take some time to clear your gutters of all excess debris to ensure water is draining properly.

Check Downspouts:

The main purpose of your gutter is to make sure water is diverted away from your home. Inspect your gutters to ensure that water will flow away from the house and does not pool. The last thing you will want is an unexpected flood from the downspout.

Check for Gutter Damage:

Check your gutter for any cracks and loose edges and make sure the gutter is firmly attached to the house with gutter spikes. We offer gutter maintenance and repair if you notice any damage that needs to be fixed.

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Make Sure Your Roof is Insulated:

You want to make sure that your attic has adequate insulation.  This helps keep the heat in and all the cold out. If you have snow on your roof and heat escapes, it will cause the snow to melt and freeze causing ice damming.