If you have a garage that is separate from your home, you need to make sure that you take steps to keep your garage roof in good shape throughout the winter and throughout the year.
Clean Your Gutters
Just like the roof on your home, the roof on your garage should have a gutter system. The gutters are essential for ensuring that the water makes it ways into your downspout and drainage system, and doesn't pour over the edge of your garage, soaking the soil below and compromising the foundation of your garage.
If your gutters are full of junk, on the next clear winter day, get up there and clear them out. Your gutter system should not be that big with a garage roof, so it shouldn't take you very long to clean out the gutters.
Trim Back Trees
Separate garages are often located near trees. If there are trees right next to your garage, be sure to prune the trees so that the branches do not hang directly over your garage. This will greatly reduce the amount of clutter that ends up on your roof and in your gutters. You may want to use a professional tree service to help you trim back your trees that hang over your garage.
Clear Off Your Roof
You want to keep your garage roof clear of debris as well. If any large sticks or branches land on your garage roof, be sure to clear them off. You don't want to leave them up on your roof. When they slide off they could harm someone and they can collect water around them and damage the structure of your roof.
Get up on your garage roof a few times a year and clean the debris off. This simple task will help protect your garage roof.
Insulate Your Roof
You may not have an attic with your garage, but that doesn't mean that you should skip out on the insulation. Add insulation to the ceiling inside of your garage. Put foam insulation in place as well as insulating sheets. Keeping your garage well insulated will help your roof as well. When your roof is well insulated, snow will melt at a better rate and your shingles will be better protected from damage due to heat coming up through the roof of your garage.
Doing the four simple tasks above will help keep your separate garage building roof in good shape this winter and throughout the rest of the year as well. Contact a service, like Exterior Home Solutions LLC, for more help.