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Is Your Roof Ready for Winter?

The cold winter season is coming, and now is the time to take care of your roof. The winter months are harsh on your roof, making it more vulnerable than usual to water damage and ice dams. This blog post will go through some tips for protecting your roof during this time of year.

Check Your Roof For Wear And Tear

After a long summer, it is important to make sure your roof is still in great condition. Check for these common roof problems:

  • Missing or worn roof shingles
  • Damaged roof sheathing (plywood)
  • Roof leaks

These issues are usually caused by wear and tear, but sometimes the cause can be more serious such as storm damage. If you see any of these issues on your roof, consult with [professional roofers] . They will be able to fix the problem and protect your roof against winter’s wrath. If there are no other roof problems besides just missing shingles, consider getting a new roof this year! New roofing material offers better insulation and longer lasting durability than older roofs.

Protect Your Roof From Water

Your roof is more susceptible to water damage in the winter. The following tips will help protect your roof against water damage.

Ice Dams

Ice dams can be a major problem for roofing systems, so prevent them before they even start! Ice dams occur when snow melts on your roof and then freezes again at night forming a dam of ice which blocks melting snow from running off the roof sheeting. These can cause leaks and other problems to your roof.  Here are some ways to avoid ice dams:

  • Clean roof gutters before the first heavy snowfall – It will catch any leaves or debris that may fall during that time period. Gutter guards also work well for this purpose.
  • Apply roof membrane roofing coating to roof before winter – This will make roof surface slippery allowing snow and increased moisture to slide off roof instead of sticking.

Ice Dam Removal

If ice dams do form, they can be removed by a roofer with special equipment such as ice rakes or roof buckets. These devices remove the dams without damaging your roof. The cost of removing ice dams depends on how much work must be done but usually costs around $50 per foot of roof area. If you notice any signs of water damage after the dam is gone, consult with a professional roofer who may offer other solutions such as installing an attic fan that helps ventilate heat from inside the home to prevent melted water from forming along roof edges and roof valleys.

Protect Roof From Falling Snow

Falling snow can add extra weight to your roof causing roof damage so you should take precautions. All roof systems are susceptible to damage due to their inherent design, which is what causes roof leaks and other problems in the first place… However, some roofing types will be more vulnerable than others. For example, metal roofing performs better than asphalt shingle roofs when it comes to snow loads by having a much stronger material; but they still need protection from heavy amounts of snow that could cause leaking or denting on the roof deck. Usually if there is going to be 2 feet or less of snow accumulation, then no extra steps need to be taken for roof protection as long as your attic insulation level is adequate and has proper roof venting. If there’s going to be more than 2 feet of accumulation, then roof snow load protection may be required.

Roof Snow Load Protection

There are three methods roofers use to protect roof from all of the wet snow and ice that could damage your roof: roof cantilevers (a flat board is fastened along the roof edge out over a lower roof so any falling snow will slide off without piling up), metal kickout flashing (flat metal that extends out from roof edge at an angle so that if fallen snow sits on it, it will tip the snow outward before it accumulates and slides off) or single-ply membrane roofing systems which have gutters attached directly to them for roof snow load protection.

Perform Roof Maintenance

In addition to protecting roof from the elements, roofers can perform roof maintenance on your roof as well such as cleaning out roof gutters and downspouts before winter and making sure that they are working properly during this time of year.  They will also check for any loose or missing shingles, roof penetrations (such as chimneys or flashing) and reduce roof surface temperature through ice & water shields (polymer type material that is used to seal roof cracks and immediately protect them after a leak occurs). By taking these steps you’ll greatly increase the life expectancy of your roof system while avoiding all kinds of leaks and other problems throughout the winter season!  So don’t wait any longer to get roof snow load protection, call today!

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