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The holidays are upon us once again. This means a lot of shopping, a lot of eating, and a lot of merry-making with friends and family. For many, the holidays are their favorite time of year. After all, with the shortened days, you have time to sit around and visit with your friends and simply enjoy each other’s company.

With the holiday season, comes the holiday weather, which many people enjoy as well. From skiing to snowmobiling and sledding for the kids, there are so many winter activities to partake in and enjoy. However, with the winter weather comes the need to prepare your roof for the impending snow storms it will inevitably experience, as well as sleet, frost, and maybe even Santa Clause if you’ve been good!

Master Shake Roofing Systems offers the best metal roofing system in the industry. Metal roofs are built to last, and our 50-year warranty backs up that claim. Metal roofs are durable in addition to long-lasting and look beautiful on your home. In this blog post, we’ll review how to winterize your roof. Contact one of our Master Shake metal roofing dealers to get started today!


Clean Your Gutters

Often considered a fall activity, many people put this task off until winter hits, and by then, the task is infinitely harder to perform. The problem with clogged gutters, which is what leaves do when they land on your roof, is that it creates a drainage problem and a potential backup as well, which could cause water to pool and thereby leak through your metal roof. This could cause major damage in the interior of your home or business, as well as structural damage to your home or business’s foundation.

Insulate Your Attic

A lot of heat can be lost through your metal roof if it is not properly insulated. This can result in huge utility bills at the end of the day. Furthermore, a roof that is not properly insulated could create ice dams, which is a major problem in the winter if melting snow pools on your metal roof.

Have Your Roof Inspected

Master Shake Roofing System notes that if you can’t remember the last time your metal roof was inspected, then you need to have this done as soon as possible. A metal roof inspection is vital to the health of your roof. It’s crucial to catch holes and leaks early before they cause major damage to your home or business. Roof inspectors are trained to spot even the tiniest holes, cracks, or other signs of damage before they become problems.

Check Your Ventilation

Many people overlook the importance of a well-vented metal roof. Ventilation is crucial to the health of your metal roof since it ensures your roof is functioning properly. It allows fresh air to circulate, which removes the stagnant, moist air. It keeps the temperature of your roof even, which helps to prevent the formation of ice dams. And ventilation helps to keep mold, mildew, rust, and other nuisances at bay.

Install Ice or Snow Guards

If you live in a place that gets a lot of snowfall, then you should most definitely invest in ice or snow guards. Snow can build up on top of your metal roof, which at some point can come streaming off your roof in a mini-avalanche, taking part of your metal roof and gutters with it. This can result in expensive roof repair bills. Master Shake Roofing Systems installs proprietary ice guards on our metal roofs to protect against this dangerous build up. In essence, these type of guards basically help the snow and ice to fall off your roof in small amounts, which will help to protect against damage to your roof.

Do Pest Patrol

Critters look for nice warm places to spend the winter, and your metal roof would make a great home for them. It’s warm, it’s protected, and it’s safe — exactly what critters need to survive. Be on the lookout for squirrels, raccoons, mice, opossums, and birds who could infiltrate your roof and cause major damage both inside and outside.


When the cold winter months hit, what you want is a roof that will hold up to cold weather, as well as look good. From modern trip and innovative strapping to detailed leveling and strong composition, Master Shake Roofing System has got what it takes to keep you warm and cozy during the long days. We have many metal roofing dealers located throughout the country who can give you a free estimate and explain to you all that our metal roofs have to offer. When you need a new roof, we can help. Contact one of our metal roofing dealers today!