Maintaining your roof shouldn’t be a summer-only project. It’s essential that you protect your roof from winter damage in the cold weather as well. Houses that have been hit hard by snow and ice need greater care and attention, especially in regards to roofs.
What Causes Winter Damage?
Josh Smalling Roofing and Restoration professionals know exactly what you need to watch out for when the seasons start to change. Winter damage to your roof and the rest of your home could mean a decrease in your property value. However, if you know what to look for or whom to call for help, you’ll be just fine.
- SNOW – While it may look pretty on a postcard, snow can do significant damage to your roof. Snow is heavy, and your roof takes the brunt of the weight. Snow, sleet, or slush can become so heavy that it could even make your roof collapse. Look for cracks near windows and doors. Listen closely to detect any creaking or groaning coming from the roof.
- ICE – Another major element during the winter months is ice. If ice builds up on your house or your roof, it could cause major damage as well. Ice can block your gutters, allowing water to pool on your roof.
- WATER – Once that ice melts, it’s important to check areas that are prone to leakage. Massive water damage can occur quickly so make sure to check your floors, ceilings, and your drywall. If you find evidence that moisture has seeped in, watch out for mildew or mold. This is a major health hazard.
Steps to Prevent Winter Damage
The first way to prevent winter damage to your roof is to be prepared.
The best time gutter maintenance is autumn. Make sure all pathways leading from the roof are clear to help water runoff. Pay particular attention to your eaves. Use a liquid de-icer or a salt brine to safeguard your roof against water freezing in the eaves. This will ensure that even if the water freezes, you won’t be stuck with an ice damming problem. Make sure to check vents and chimneys as well.
To remove heavy snow from your roof in order to prevent a collapse, you can use items that you already have in the home. Using a broom or a rake, brush off as much snow as you can. If you can’t reach your roof, you can use a ladder, but do it safely.
Attics that aren’t sufficiently insulated are a problem. If you don’t have an attic that is well-insulated, put that on the to-do list. Additionally, making sure your attic is properly ventilated is just as important.
If you aren’t appropriately prepared for potential winter damage, understand that existing problems become worse over time. Happy homeowners schedule annual maintenance checks and roof inspections so they can resolve potential problems before they become B-I-G problems.
Of course, we’re always ready to lend a hand here at Josh Smalling Roofing and Restoration. We can help you limit the problems that cold winter weather brings to your home before winter comes calling. Our experts know what to look for when inspecting your home and your roof. You can reach us anytime by calling 317-483-3093.