Residential Roofing: 5 Tips for a Leak-Free Winter

Residential Roofing: 5 Tips for a Leak-Free Winter

There’s nothing like prevention, when it comes to roofing. Any roof leaks or other problems you experience with your roof during the winter can be doubly difficult to deal with, since snowfall and cold temperatures make repairing roof issues even more complex than usual. Therefore, it’s important to address potential problems in the fall, before the winter weather wrecks havoc.

Residential Roofing: 5 Tips for a Leak-Free Winter

The old adage that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure definitely applies when it comes to wintertime roof leaks.

With that in mind, here are five tips to follow to ensure you enjoy a leak-free winter:

  1. Keep your roof clean. Debris is one of the leading causes of roof damage and leaks. Ensure that it is free of dead leaves, wayward branches, garbage and other waste.
  2. Trim overhanging tree branches. If you have trees with branches that hang over your roof, have the branches trimmed. This will greatly reduce the amount of organic debris that ends up on your roof in the first place, making the need for roofing repairs less likely.
  3. Clean your gutters. Clogged gutters lead to ice dams, which can cause major problems in your attic and the upper floor of your home. Be sure your gutters are free of leaves and other debris before the temperature starts to drop below freezing on a regular basis.
  4. Upgrade your attic insulation. A well-insulated attic can prevent a lot of roof leaks, since many winter leaks are caused by snow which melts because too much heat escapes through the roof you’re your home. Insulation inhibits heat transfer, making this scenario less likely to occur.
  5. Use a roof rake. These handy products are ideal for removing excess snow accumulation from your roof, which is another excellent way to prevent roof leaks & ice dams. Just take care not to snag the rake on your gutters as you draw it back down.

Should you need any further advice on winter roof maintenance, or help with roofing repairs for your home, contact the roofing professionals at All Roofing Solutions. We provide affordable, professional roofing repair and maintenance services to both residential and commercial clients throughout Delaware and southeast Pennsylvania.

Call our DE office at 302-725-ROOF (7663) or our PA location at 610-551-ROOF (7663) for your free estimate today!


  1. Posted October 16, 2014 at 8:17 am | Permalink

    Awesome. thanks for the tips.

  2. James Taylor
    Posted December 16, 2014 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

    Awesome Tips, i would like thank your for the great infomation.

  3. Deanna R. Jones
    Posted February 4, 2015 at 12:28 am | Permalink

    I often have to deal with my roof leaking. I try to take care of my roof, but there’s obviously more that I should do about my roof. I didn’t realize that dirty gutters can cause problems in my attic and for the upper floor of my house. I don’t really think about my gutters, so that may be one reason why I have a leaky roof. I should also use tools to help clean up my roof, like a roof rake. Thanks for the tips!

  4. Angela Downer
    Posted February 9, 2015 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

    I had no idea that trees and organic clutter could be extremely damaging to my roof. We have had roof problems for a couple of years now, and my husband and I could never figure out what was going on. There is a huge willow tree over our house that drops its leaves and branches constantly. We will have to make sure to trim it next winter so that the extra weight of these dead leaves and branches doesn’t pile up.

  5. Jenn Davies
    Posted February 17, 2015 at 9:27 pm | Permalink

    It sounds so simple, but it’s amazing how often people forget to clean their gutters. The house next to me was in foreclosure for over a year, and by the time it was sold it had severe mold damage in the basement. If anyone would have remembered the gutters, it wouldn’t have leaked. h

  6. Posted February 21, 2015 at 12:23 am | Permalink

    I am a first time homeowner, and want to learn how to take care of my own home. I had no idea that doing simple things like cleaning the gutters and getting rid of moss could extend the life of your roof. I guess it is the small and simple things that help a lot.

  7. Posted March 19, 2015 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

    I would have to agree that keeping your gutters clean and clear is important for avoid leaks. Because you don’t normally see the inside of your gutters, it can be easy to forget about them. That’s why they need to be checked regularly for debris, and cleared when necessary. Doing this will be much easier and far less inconvenient than dealing with leaks that could result from not doing it.

  8. Posted April 17, 2015 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    I had never heard of a roof rake until now. That sounds like it would have been excellent help in the winter. It’s spring now though. Is there other uses for it in the spring and summer time?

    • DennisMarshall
      Posted May 13, 2015 at 11:59 am | Permalink

      There is already a rake for the roof for removing the snow. Just search it from the internet ” roof rake “is the keyword. But you must choose the best one so that it will not damage your roof while you are raking. I think the best roof rake is with a rubber at the edge of the rake.

  9. Posted April 22, 2015 at 8:50 pm | Permalink

    Maintaining those gutters can help you avoid a lot of problems. If water freezes and thaws repeatedly it can cause significant damage to them. Water leaking from a damaged gutter onto foot paths during winter can be very dangerous for people who could slip on the ice.

  10. Cooper Allen
    Posted May 13, 2015 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

    I like what you said about keeping gutters clean, and free of debris. Last winter, our roof leaked. I am determined to prevent that from happening again this year. I think without build up in the gutters, we will stand a good chance.

  11. Posted May 22, 2015 at 10:39 pm | Permalink

    I never thought cleaning my gutters was that important until my neighbor’s basement flooded. They were staying in a different summer home, and the clogged gutters meant the water ran down the sides of the house. Now I clean my gutters every single spring and fall!

  12. Posted July 21, 2015 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

    My husband and I have lived in Augusta, GA and we have never really had any problems with our roof. I guess a better thing to say would be that we never looked to see if we had any problems. We went up there a few days ago to get a ball that the neighbors had kicked up there and discovered damaged and loose shingles all over the place. We are calling in a roof repair service to come and fix the damage. We will definitely use these tips this winter, thanks for sharing.

  13. Posted October 3, 2015 at 12:38 am | Permalink

    Keeping your roof clear of debris during the winter is one of the best things that you can do to prevent any damage. Getting your roof looked at before the initial season sets in is also a great idea and making any sort of repair that needs to be made early on. That way, you don’t wake up with a cave in or dripping after a big storm. Thank you for sharing these great tips about taking care of your roof.

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