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How to protect your roof from snow and ice

March 30, 2019

Preventing and removing ice dams helps protect your home’s roof from excess snow and ice buildup. Even when you have winterized your home, snow and ice will still form on the edges of your roof. If left unchecked, the melting ice water will find its way into your house, causing a lot of damage. Do not wait until water leaks in your home; a little preventive maintenance can go a long way in keeping ice and snow from forming on your roof.

Here is how to prevent ice and snow buildup from causing major damage to your home;

  • Improve your attic insulation

    Your attic should be insulated properly to allow enough heat to escape through your roof and allow snow to melt slowly. Rapid melting can form dangerous clog gutters and ice dams which can damage your roof. Removing snow and ice dams from your roof immediately after spotting water penetration through the roof membrane is critical to prevent damage to your home.  Focus on realigning improperly installed installation, plugging gaps and stopping the leaking of warm air from light fixtures and electrical outlets. To further cool your attic, install ventilation systems such as attic ventilator fans, turbine ventilators, and soffit ventilators.

  • Keep your gutters from freezing

    Icicles may look pretty but they cause major damage to your home. Water expands when it freezes, which causes your gutters to warp and crack under the additional pressure. Gutters clogged with ice can lead to the formation of ice dams on your roof. The best way to prevent the damage caused by frozen gutters is to prevent them from freezing. Ensure that your gutters are properly sloped to avoid stagnant water because when they are too flat, the water will freeze on them, causing poor drainage. Clean your gutters before winter to remove soggy leaves and debris. Consider adding rock salt on your gutters once you notice icicle formation.

  • Use a roof rake

The most convenient way to prevent ice and snow from damaging your roof is to remove the ice dam before it gets a chance to melt and refreeze. Roof rakes allow you to pull the snow off while standing on the ground if you live in a small one-story home. Roof rakes work better when removing fresh fluffy snow than when removing hard snow that has solidified. If you live in a two-story home, shoveling is an excellent way to clear the ice and snow from your roof. It helps to relieve excess weight on the weak parts of your roof and gets rid of the hardened snow. To avoid overhangs on your roof, keep it snow free by routinely ranking off the snow.

If you simply do not feel capable of removing the overhangs on your roof, you can call a professional roofer or ice removal company to settle the issue for you.

 

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