A Breakdown Of Winter Roof Protection For Your Home

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As charming as picturesque snow-capped houses may seem, there is real danger of the roof collapsing under the heavy weight of accumulating snow. Snow adds a great deal of weight to your home roof, weakening the entire structure including the walls and decks.

To make matters worse, rain, sleet and ice also add to this weight and can easily cause your roof to cave in. To prevent major damage to your roof and to ensure your family remains safe this winter, here is a useful breakdown of winter roof protection.

Is your roof safe?

Roofs that are built according to coding standards can withstand heavy snowfall without collapsing. However, creaking, cracking or any visible sagging could be an indicator that your roof is at risk of caving in under the weight of snow and ice.

You should call in a professional to inspect the roof and remove the building snow immediately, as attempting to do this yourself could end up in you slipping and falling off the roof. Additionally, your extra weight on an already stressed roof structure could trigger a collapse, so removal of snow at such a delicate stage should be left to the pros.

A leaking roof, doors that are difficult to open and cracks in the walls are also signs that your roof is in trouble. Be sure to also check your decks for signs of bending, as they are equally susceptible to collapse under the immense weight of snow and ice.

Have you prepared your roof for winter to prevent snow damage?

During winter, keeping your roof intact should top your priorities. The first step is to ensure that you are well prepared for the winter by cleaning your gutters and downspouts to prevent ice dams, water damage to your home and rot to shingles and sidings. In addition, add insulation to the attic to prevent heat loss that would encourage the formation of ice dams.

Once winter sets in, you must diligently remove snow from the roof before it can cause ice damage or builds up to levels that would cause damage or collapse. Getting off the snow with a roof rake is advisable, as this would allow you to easily pull off chunks of snow from ground level. Using downward strokes, you will be able to remove snow from the bottom of the roof, lightening up the load and preventing leakage of melting ice into the roof shingles.

For more information about winter roof maintenance, contact a company like Darnell Construction & Lawncare.

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