Give Your Roof a Break from Harsh and Unpredictable Winter Weather
This winter has seen fluctuating temperatures that have made for some slippery sidewalks and roads. But aside from posing a hazard on our streets, these changes in temperatures also pose a threat to our roofs. Just as snow starts to melt, the deep freeze kicks in again, causing the meltwater to freeze. And over time, this can cause serious damage.
But there are some winter roofing tips you can follow to prevent costly damage to your roof and keep your home dry and warm all winter long.
Prevent Ice Dams
An ice dam is a thick wall of ice hanging from a roof, caused by meltwater freezing. Snow buildup on roofs will melt from warm outdoor temperatures, rain, and heat escaping from the home. And once below-freezing temperatures hit again, this water freezes, often pushing ice underneath the shingles.
You will notice ice dams forming if there is a wall of icicles hanging from your roof. As ice dams grow and push under your shingles, they will cause structural and water damage to your roof and home. But you can prevent them before they do any damage by:
- Upgrading your attic insulation; and,
- Installing soffit and ridge vents to expel heat before it reaches your roof.
Do Snow Removal
Aside from preventing meltwater and ice dams, removing snow from your roof will also keep weight and pressure off your roof. When there is too much snow, the weight can cause a roof and its support system to collapse, causing costly damage to both your roof and your home. You can use a roof rake to clear off the snow or hire a professional if you’re uncomfortable with the work.
Have a Roof Inspection
A professional roof inspection before winter hits will notice any problems before they get worse and cause costly damage. Repairs made before winter will ensure the roof lasts throughout the harsh season. Typical roofing repairs include chimney, flashing, and shingle repairs.
Clean Your Gutters
Clogged gutters risk causing a backlog of meltwater to freeze, form ice dams, and leak water into your attic. So make sure to clean your gutters thoroughly of dirt, leaves, and debris in the fall, and have your downspout far enough away from your home (four to six feet) to prevent water damage to your home’s foundation. With clean gutters, your roof’s meltwater will be able to flow freely away from your home, avoiding ice dams and water damage.
These winter roofing tips will help your roof endure the long, harsh winter months. If you’re uncomfortable with doing these roofing maintenance tasks, or you notice damage to your roof, contact the roofing experts. They can repair and maintain your roof so it will keep you and your home warm, dry, and safe from the unpredictable winter weather.