Winter is perhaps the hardest season for your roof, especially when you’re located in a place where there are frequent snowstorms and heavy snowfall. Snow is your roof’s primary enemy as it can damage it to the point where it shortens its lifespan.
If you leave in an area with heavy winters, how can you keep your roof safe during the season and after it? Here are some tips that you’ll want to know to make sure your roof is safe after the winter.
Remove the Snow
Remove the snow as soon as possible. While you might be tempted to take Instagram photos, the longer snow is on your roof, the likelier it will get damaged. And it’s also not about “how much” snow is on your roof, it’s the weight of the snow.
What that means is you shouldn’t be looking at how thick the snow is in your roof. Wet snow is often heavier than dry snow meaning three feet of dry snow is still lighter than an inch of wet snow. That’s why if you see an inch of snow in your roof, it’s still much better to remove it.
You can buy roof rakes that are made specifically for this kind of season – but never attempt to remove ice from your roof. Going up ladders have killed more people than you thought, most especially when it’s a slippery season, and your roof and ground is covered in snow.
There are roof contractors that can help remove snow from your roof. But make sure the company you’re hiring has insurance to avoid problems in case someone gets in an accident.
Cold Attics are Better
While you want to get rid of snow as soon as possible, it’s better than the remaining ones on your roof melt naturally. That means that the colder your attic, the better. This helps slow down the melting of snow into a more natural flow.
The quicker the melting of the snow is, the more water damage it could cause. Icicles also form this way, and it could also cause ice dams as well as clog your drains – all of which could cause you trouble later on.
Check your Flashing
It’s better that you have your flashing checked before winter comes. But it’s also good to monitor it after a heavy snowfall or when you have removed the majority of the snow on your roof. This is to ensure that no damage has been done.
If there’s anything that needs to be fixed, make sure it is done before the next possible heavy snowfall or snowstorm arrives. Damaged flashing could make it easy for the snow or water to enter your home and cause even more damage.
The winter deals the more damage to your roof. That’s why it’s better to take more precautions to prevent anything bad happening to your home or your family.