The winter months can be a time when weather causes damage to roofs. If left unattended, the damage can cause serious repairs that are costly. The ice dams can lead to structural and water damage that can be expensive to repair. Simple maintenance like cleaning the snow off your roof and doing small repairs will help reduce damage. Here are some tips to maintain your roof during winter weather to avoid costly roof repairs:
1. Removing Snow Loads That Build up and Cause Ice Dams
As the loads of snow build up on your roof, they will cause ice dams to form if you do not deal with them. These ice dams form when snow melts and refreezes. To reduce ice dam problems on your roof, you will want to make sure to regularly remove snowfall during the winter months. If you live in an area with less frequent winter weather, make sure you remove snow when you do have winter weather to prevent damage to your roof.
2. Inspect Roofing for Signs of Wear and Damage During Winter Weather
After you have removed snow from your roof, and the threat of winter storms has passed, inspect your roof for signs of damage. This is something that you will want to do frequently throughout the winter months if you get regular snow. To find ice damage, inspect the roof visually and look for signs of leaks in your home. When the roof has been damaged by ice dams, contact a roofing contractor to help with the needed repairs to prevent future problems.
3. Upgrade Gutters and Attic Insulation to Help Prevent Ice Dams from Forming
The gutters on your home are one of the areas where ice dams can form. If you live in an area that gets frequent snow, consider adding guards to your gutters that will allow the snow to flow over the gutters. In areas with less frequent winter weather, clean the snow out of the gutters when you do get snow. In addition, make sure that you have adequate insulation in any attic space to prevent ice dams from forming.
These are some tips that will help you maintain your roof during winter weather, so you do not have costly repairs. If your roof has been damaged during a winter storm, contact a professional handyman service to help with repairs before they cause more serious issues.