When the winter weather comes, your roof runs the risk of being damaged by ice dams. Thankfully, there are steps that you can take to prevent ice damage from occurring.
Clean Your Gutters
The fall weather will cause all the leaves to fall off the trees around your home or business, and a ton of them will end up in your gutters. Having clogged gutters will make it problematic for water to drain towards the downspouts, which will be problematic in the winter. This is because snow on your roof will melt during the winter, and it needs some place to go.
If you have clogged gutters, water will pool in them, freeze, and cause a build up of ice along the end of the roof. If that water gets underneath the bottom row of shingles, it will raise those shingles off the roof due to ice damage.
Improve Your Roof's Insulation
A common reason that ice damage occurs is because snow melts and freezes on a roof. This typically happens because your roof has poor insulation. If there are places in your roof where the insulation is not thick enough, the heat from the building will rise and warm up that particular spot of the roof. It melts the snow on your roof, flows down the surface, and freezes in a part where the insulation is sufficient and the roof isn't warm. This process forms ice dams that cause damage to a roof.
Adding more insulation to your attic will prevent hot spots, and prevent snow from melting in the first place.
Remove Snow When Possible
Of course, if there is no snow on your roof, you do not have the risk of snow melting and freezing, causing those ice dams that are so problematic. It is a good idea to stay on top of removing snow from your roof, especially after large snowfalls where it has really accumulated.
Your local home improvement snow will sell snow rakes that you can use to easily clear snow off a roof. These are rakes that are on long telescopic handles, and you can reach the top of your roof from the safety of the ground.
When you do notice damage caused from ice dams, it is best to contact a local roofing business, such as Specialty Commercial Contractors Llc, that can repair the damage for you. The earlier you have the damage fixed, the cheaper it will be to have it fixed by a professional.
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