Tips on protecting your roof during winter

Posted on 25 January 2023

With winter just around the corner, it’s essential to ensure that your roof is protected from harsh elements. Even the smallest issues with this part of your home can develop into big problems when rain, wind, snow and ice come into play. Read our top tips on protecting your roof during winter now. 

5 ways to protect your proof in winter 

Weather conditions in winter can be severe, not to mention unpredictable. One way could see heavy rain and the next deep snow or gale-force winds. With this in mind, it’s vital that your home’s roof is prepared for all the Great British weather has to throw at it. Keep reading to discover our top tips on protecting your roof during winter.

Remove snow and ice Roof Repairs in Grimsby

Even though snow and ice can look pretty, too much of it on your roof can be a major problem. In some cases, it can cause it to partially or even fully collapse. A typical roof when covered by two feet of snow can weigh around 19 tonnes. Which is pretty heavy. Plus, if rain, ice and sleet are allowed to add to it, even more strain is added to the structure of your property. With this in mind, it’s important to regularly remove snow from the roof throughout winter. This can help to keep it structurally sound.

Check your insulation 

If your insulation isn’t up to scratch, this can cause a number of problems. The biggest of these is ice dams, which occur when snow falls onto a roof that is too warm, melts and then runs down a drain and into the gutter where it refreezes and causes a blockage. This blockage can end up getting bigger and bigger over time. Potentially risking bringing down the whole guttering system. By insulating and properly ventilating your loft, you can improve the airflow in the upper region of the roof so there are fewer warm air pockets for the ice to form.

Replace broken tiles 

A couple of broken or missing tiles in the spring or summer months may seem harmless, however, the bad weather in winter can quickly exacerbate the problem. The rain, snow and wind can cause more tiles to break or fall, leading to leaks. Not addressing the issue quickly enough can result in water damage occurring to both the exterior and interior of your home. This can be much more expensive than it would be to simply repair or replace a few tiles in the first instance.

Keep your guttering clear

Since your gutters can collect considerable amounts of rainwater and snow during the winter months. It’s important to keep them clear of leaves, moss and other plant life. If your gutters are clear, water will be better able to drain through them. Which means ice will be less likely to form. If your gutters are blocked when the ice melts, the water can leak into the interior of the roof and eventually cause damage to the roof decking. Once water is in the roof decking, it can get into the interior of your home. To ensure your gutters work properly, make sure they’re fastened to your roof correctly. 

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Inspect your roof regularly

If you want to keep your roof protected not just in winter but all year round, it’s important to inspect it regularly. This can ensure that you catch those small problems before they grow into bigger, more expensive ones. As a general rule, you should aim to get your roof inspected at least once a year. Ideally during the autumn. This will ensure that it’s ready for the winter months and the accompanying bad weather. If your roof is quite old, it’s a good idea to get it checked more regularly. Since it’s likely to have more problems than a newer roof. At Raven Roofing and Repairs, we can carry out regular inspections of your roof, checking for issues like leaks, ice dams, broken or missing tiles, broken guttering, chimney damage and structural damage such as leaning or sagging.  

New roofs in Louth 

In some cases, a new roof will be required. One of the most obvious signs that your roof has reached the end of its life is if it is sagging. Since your roof should be level, sagging in the middle indicates that the structure has become weakened. It needs to be replaced quickly as it’s at risk of collapse. Other signs that it’s time for a new roof are damaged tiles, water damage and leaking, algae, moss and mould, and insecure guttering. If you’ve noticed any of these issues with your roof, contact Raven Roofing as soon as possible. We regularly install new roofs in Louth and the surrounding area. Providing a professional and affordable service our clients can rely on. 

At Raven Roofing and Repairs, we’re renowned for carrying out our work to the very highest standards. We use the best, most effective roofing methods and the highest quality materials to ensure exceptional results every time. Our prices are some of the most competitive in the area too. With our services representing great value for money.

Contact us

Hopefully, our tips on protecting your roof during winter will help you to keep this key component of your property in optimal condition. However, if you haven’t been so lucky and you need roofing repairs or even a new roof in Louth, get in touch with us today. Call us on 01507 640 072 to discuss your requirements with one of our friendly team. You can also contact us by completing the form on our website. We’ll get back to you as soon as we can with the answers to your questions.  

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Shawn Bosworth
Chris and his apprentice were brilliant! Came out in the miserable rain and made my roof water tight again. I had several quotes from other roofers, cowboys trying to milk my desperation for silly money. Chris was honest, fair and reasonably priced. Highly recommended, thanks!
mark appleby
Extremely Happy with Job!Chris, Quickly assessed the roof and gave options on what could be done.Once Date Agreed, delivered on time with a very professional looking job. Job was in Feb and Chris and Team went out of their way to get the job done even though weather was bad at end of week. They left Work area very clean. Highly reccomend them!
Bev Barley
Thanks for doing a first class job would highly recommend Chris for a job well done
Robert Meadows
Mike Downs
Fantastic, would recommend to anyone who needs roof work. Polite, helpful and super fast. Thanks so much.
Lisa McMahon
Had a leak from my roof. Chris came out the same day althoughthe weather wasn't good. He surveyed the roof and found the problem immediately (a tile had slipped), took photo's before and after replacing the slipped tile. I asked how much I owed him - he said there was NO charge as it was a quick repair. What a lovely, kind, genuine guy! Would highly recommended him and his company.
Roland Packer
We recently had the roof on our extension replaced by raven roofing. Chris and his young helper couldn't have been more helpful. Work done to a very high standard. Quote honoured to the penny. Genuinely nice people and a real pleasure to do business with. Will definitely call them for the services they offer, when needed.
Michelle Packer
Can’t recommend this company enough. Did a great job on our roof , very friendly team , punctual, good quality work and good value for money . Many thanks
Carol Howden
Very friendly team and carried out a great job. Arrived and just got on with the job. Looks great
andrew engeham
Competitive price and excellent workmanship.Highly recommended.
Keith Brown
Great company great service
John Hornsby
Came on time very Satisfied with wat was done. Will be using them again if needed
Omer Khalifa
renegade jokerrr
Fantastic service! Nice and friendly guys! Very quick work! Great customer service! If I need any repairs in the future i will use Raven again.
Margaret Dabb
After being let down by another firm i rang Chris in desperation. Within an hour he arrived, looked at work, discussed, priced and booked a date. Arrived on time, everything ran like clockwork even in the awful heat they had to work through. Very well organised, very tidy, would have no hesitation in recommending his work. Many thanks
Zoe Gibbons
Can’t recommend Chris and his team more, they were all friendly, polite and efficient and left my patio tidier than it was before! Nothing was too much trouble and good quality work and price. I’d definitely recommend Raven Roofing to all my friends and family.
Alan Grosschmidt
Would Recommend Raven Roofing.We had new gutters and facias fitted all round the house.We were really pleased with the completed job.I did point out a minor oversight, which Chris promptly dealt with.The quote for the job was very competitive and I doubt you could get it done cheaper.So deserves 5 Stars.
Andrea Goforth
Was very happy with the prompt, professional, and friendly service provided by this company . They were so quick to help me out and repair a badly storm damaged roof. It is such a joy to have a service provider come when they say they will! Reasonable price and good quality workmanship too . Thank you, Raven Roofing .
We had the tiles down the gulley re-bedded.Very professional and cleaned up afterwards. Really friendly and very kind guy and we will definitely be using Raven Roofing again in the new year to do our guttering! Thanks Chris 👍🏻
Mike Prior
they repaired a dislodged tile free of charge. Just asked To be remembered for other works and telling my friends
Sally Melton
Had a skylight fitted. Excellent service, fitted my job in even though extremely busy. Was absolutely delighted the attention to detail was perfect. Made sure everything was tidied up and taken away. Thank you again. Would highly recommend.
Ali Wickham
Peter Hogarth
These guys did a great job repointing my roof gulleys
Pamela Blow
Samantha Blow
Excellent service, I would highly recommend :)
Derek Coates
Chris promptly repaired the front guttering which is now ok.
Lee Popham
Rang raven to come and fix my roof after last months storm, came next day and repaired, very happy with service and price, will definitely use again.
Mark Barnard
Very good reliable service all work guaranteed
kevin langley
When we needed urgent roof repairs, Raven Roofing & Repairs came to the rescue. Great quality work undertaken by true professionals.
Steve Nowell
I recently had repairs done to my roof. The response and service were excellent, nothing was too much trouble and the work carried out effectively and efficiently
Kelly Brewer
Excellent service, recently had repairs carried out on my house roof, Chris was really friendly, work carried out to a great standard at a great price 🙂
We have used Raven Roofing several times for small repairs as we didn't want to go to the expense of a new roof, but recent torrential rain forced us to accept we needed a new roof. We were dreading the bill but Raven Roofing were very reasonable (not sure if I'm allowed to say how much).The scaffolding arrived and was put up promptly, Raven Roofing arriving a couple of days later to start work, the only delays were due to bad weather and Raven Roofing contacted us to let us know about any delays which we really liked, usually builders don't bother. Raven roofing were polite, friendly and courteous at all times.Out roof was completely stripped and replaced in a week, all rubbish was removed and the gardens left looking tidy.The roof itself looks fantastic...we are very very pleased and highly recommend Raven Roofing.