Help Keep Winter from Ruining Your Roof and Gutters!
As we’ve all discovered over the course of the last many weeks (who are we kidding – since our Thanksgiving ice storm a few months back), winter is here.
And, as with any winter, this one will be no different – there will be snow, ice, and freezing cold temperatures. To ensure that you can enjoy winter to its fullest extent – what’s better than a snowball fight followed by hot cocoa and marshmallows, right? – make sure that the information listed below gets checked off your “To Do” list ASAP.
Are you gutters prepared to weather winter?
A major cause of winter damage is from ice dams, which occur when the heat inside your house causes water to melt in the middle sections of your roof and then refreeze near the edge. This melting and refreezing is one of the things that causes icicles to form; however, it also creates a dam at the edge of your roof that can lead to leaks in your roof AND damage to your ceilings and walls. To help protect against the formation of ice dams, keep your attic cold (no more than 5 or 10 degrees warmer than the outdoor temperature) by making sure that warm air from inside your home isn’t allowed to escape into that space. This can be accomplished by sealing holes where light fixtures and ceiling fans have been installed.
“A major cause of winter damage is from ice dams, which occur when the heat inside your house causes water to melt in the middle sections of your roof and then refreeze near the edge.”
Check the Roof
If a lot of snow accumulates, it is possible that your roof could collapse – this is especially true of dwellings with flat roofs, or roofs that have been built over porches and other additions. Don’t panic, though – roof collapse isn’t an issue with the normal accumulations that winter tends to bring. However, if there happens to be a large amount of very wet snow that comes down (wet snow is much heavier than dry snow) and, in turn, begins to build up on your roof, a roof rake is a handy thing to have. What is a roof rake, you ask? Well, it’s a rake with a long handle that allows you to reach (and clear) packed snow while you’re safely on the ground. And…NEVER go up onto your roof when it’s covered with snow!
Making sure that your gutters are clear of debris (leaves, twigs, nests, etc) so that water that’s trying to run down them (and away from your home) doesn’t wind up backing up and freezing instead.
Hopefully these tips will help keep your home safe and sound no matter what winter throws at us. If, however, you notice gutter and/or roof damage during the course of your inspection, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. J-Tech Construction would be happy to assess the problem and work with you to find the best solution to your situation.
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