Live In A Cold Region? Tips To Keep Your Roof In Good Condition

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If you live in a cold region and get a lot of snow every year, this can cause roof damage. Below is some damage that you need to watch out for. You will also find information below about how to keep your roof in good condition during the winter months.

Roof Damage in Winter

Ice dams are a common problem with a roof during the winter. Ice dams are snow and ice accumulating on your roof. This happens when snow turns to ice and then the weather warms up and everything turns back into water. After this, the water then flows down your roof. The water will then refreeze once the temperatures get below freezing again. Part of the frozen water will be on the edge of your roof, and this is an ice dam. 

Ice dams will cause damage to your gutter system as the ice is heavy and can cause your gutter system to become loose, and it could start to fall off. If there is a large ice dam, this could even cause the flashing on the roof to tear. 

Snow and ice accumulation can also cause cracks to appear on your roof. Again, when there is snow or ice, it thaws out and then refreezes at night. This freezing and thawing over and over results in damage. Your roof may start to leak, and the cracks could become large enough to warrant roof repair or roof replacement. 

Winter Roof Protection

You need to keep your gutters free of debris so any water that comes off your roof will drain easily. If the gutters are full of debris, this will cause water to build up, and this water will freeze in your gutters. Your gutters would then become very heavy and will likely get damaged.

You should also insulate your attic, as this can help keep ice dams from forming. Making sure there is ample insulation in the attic will help keep your roof warmer so snow will not build up. If you already have insulation in your attic, inspect it closely to make sure there are no holes in it and to ensure that no insulation needs to be replaced or added.

There are some ceilings that have water pipes, so if your home has this, you need to protect these pipes. If you do not and a pipe was to burst due to freezing temperatures, this would cause roof damage also. Hire a plumber to do this work for you. 

A roofing contractor can give you many more tips on winter roof protection. 

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9 February 2021

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