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The Winter Roofing Guide - Preparing Your Roof for the Cold Season

Winter brings its own set of challenges to your home, and one of the areas most affected is your roof. As the temperature drops and snow accumulates, it's crucial to ensure your roof is ready to withstand the winter weather. In this comprehensive guide, we'll walk you through essential steps to prepare your roof for the cold season.

by Kelsi Waible | December 4, 2023 | Roofing

1. Start with a Thorough Roof Inspection:

Before winter sets in, conduct a detailed inspection of your roof. Look for missing or damaged shingles, signs of wear and tear, and any areas where leaks might occur. Addressing these issues proactively can prevent more significant problems during the winter months.

2. Assess and Upgrade Insulation:

Proper insulation is key to keeping your home warm and energy-efficient during winter. Check the insulation in your attic and ensure it meets recommended standards. If needed, consider upgrading insulation to prevent heat loss and minimize the risk of ice dams forming on your roof.

3. Clear Gutters and Downspouts:

Gutters play a crucial role in directing water away from your home. Before winter arrives, clear gutters and downspouts of leaves, debris, and other blockages. This helps prevent water buildup and ice dam formation, which can lead to roof leaks.

4. Inspect and Secure Flashing:

Flashing around chimneys, skylights, and vents can deteriorate over time. Inspect these areas for signs of damage and secure or replace flashing as needed. Properly sealed flashing prevents water infiltration and protects your home from winter leaks.

5. Consider Ice and Water Shield Installation:

In regions prone to heavy snow and ice, consider installing an ice and water shield beneath your roofing material. This additional layer provides extra protection against water infiltration, especially in vulnerable areas like eaves, valleys, and flashing points.

6. Trim Overhanging Branches:

Overhanging branches can pose a threat to your roof, especially during winter storms. Trim branches to prevent them from breaking and causing damage to your roof. This simple step can save you from costly repairs and potential safety hazards.

7. Ensure Proper Attic Ventilation:

Proper attic ventilation is crucial for preventing moisture buildup and maintaining a consistent temperature. Check vents to ensure they are clear of obstructions, allowing air to circulate freely. Good ventilation helps extend the life of your roof and reduces the risk of ice dams.

8. Schedule a Professional Roof Inspection:

While DIY inspections are beneficial, nothing beats the expertise of a professional roofing inspection. Schedule an inspection before winter to identify hidden issues and receive recommendations for necessary repairs or maintenance. Professional roofers have the experience to spot potential problems that may go unnoticed by homeowners.


Preparing your roof for winter is an investment in the long-term health and durability of your home. By taking these essential steps, you can minimize the risk of winter-related damage and ensure your roof is ready to weather the cold season. Don't wait until the first snowfall – start preparing your roof today for a cozy and leak-free winter.

Remember, a well-maintained roof not only protects your home but also provides peace of mind during the coldest months of the year. Stay warm and secure with a winter-ready roof!

Check out our step by step video guide!

Don't let winter catch you off guard – hit play and start preparing your roof today! If you find this video helpful, don't forget to like, share, and subscribe for more valuable tips on home maintenance. Stay warm and cozy all winter long with Journeyman Exteriors! 🏡🌨️❄️

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