Winter Storm? Check your Roof.
It’s about that time when winter storms are named and move through the area. Winter storms can be dangerous for you and your home. Although there is no way to completely eliminate the chance of damage happening to your roof there are a few signs and precautions you can take to try and better prepare for a named winter storm. Let’s sit and take a look at them so you know what to do before the storm moves in.
In all cases no matter the situation it is a good idea to get a professional roof inspection done. The roof inspection should discover any weaknesses that your roof may have. If the inspections show that there are missing tiles, loose flashing or any damaged to the caulk or tar now may be the time to fix any problems before the snow hits. After winter you will want to consider another inspection just to make sure there is no winter damage to your roof that needs to be repaired before the spring brings on any rain.
Hail and Storm Damage
When it comes to hail there is little control over how to prevent damage. You may want to upgrade your roof to a more heavy duty shingle. If that is not an option your best option is to get your roof inspected after any major hail storm. If there are damaged shingles even in the slightest you will want to replace or repair them to prevent water damage in the future. Winter storms also bring ice and gusty winds. With gusty winds, branches may come loose and do damage to your roof. If the tree punctures the roof it is most definitely an emergency situation. Be prepared you may need to call a professional to address the issue so it does not cause further damage to your roof.
TIP: Cut back old branches that hang over your home to prevent damage during a winter storm.
Just like humans our bones are only built to hold up a certain amount of weight before it gives out. Your roof is the same. Your structure has a load-bearing capacity. You will need to be ready to remove any excess snow from your rooftop. Snow is relatively heavy and ice and wet snow can weigh even more. So there is a general rule of thumb to follow. Three feet of snow or two inches of ice is a good indicator that it is time to remove the snow and or ice. You may call and have someone remove the snow professionally or you can do it yourself.
TIP: Leave 2-5cm of snow on your roof to prevent damage from the shovel.
Ice dams occur when the warm air inside your house rises. It then warms the roof which is where melt-off forms at the snow-roof contact point. It then travels down to the eaves where it refreezes because the eaves are colder. The eaves are colder because there is no living space under them. The ice that forms can melt and then refreeze multiple times. This process can cause the ice to back up on to your home and cause water damage inside your home when it melts.
TIP: Cleaning out gutters and putting salt brine onto the eaves before the storm rolls into town could save your wallet a big ouch!!
Take care of your roof. You want to extend the life of it as much as you can. Your roof is an investment so treat it as so.
If you need professional help to handle any and all of your roofing needs, iRoof is always at your disposal. Feel free to contact us anytime for a free estimate and advice.