It’s no surprise that the weather can be unpredictable, especially as areas of the United States are currently experiencing unprecedented winter weather right now. Your roof is often the first line of defense to keep your home and family safe during any severe weather event. However, no matter the materials or how well your current roof was installed, there are still numerous ways for Mother Nature to remind you whose boss. Here are some everyday things you should consider as a home or property owner.
Wind Damage: It’s not uncommon to experience wind damage during the winter months. Strong winds any time of the year can cause shingles to loosen or even blow off depending on the roof’s age and how well it was maintained. In the fall, it’s always good to take a look at your top from the ground to see if any damage is visible. If you spot any worry areas, it could be a sign that there is more damage underneath your shingles. We always advise you to have a professional go up and address those areas and make sure there aren’t any other worry areas that may not be visible from the ground. Roofers like Restoration Builders will often come out for free to inspect and provide insight into making sure your family and property can stay safe.
Water Damage: Freezing rain can wreak havoc on your roof and is even more problematic if ice has the opportunity to build upon your roof. Make sure your gutters are cleaned out and ready to divert water. Especially in regions where the temperatures can swing between freezing temps, having a properly maintained gutter system will assure that your roof can withstand the abuse water can create. If you have concerns your gutter system isn’t up to the test, contact a roofing professional to see what options are available. Gutter technology has continued to advance, and our restoration consultants can advise you on what steps you should take.
Ice Damming: An ice dam is a ridge of ice that can build up and form at the edge of your roof. When snow builds up on your roof, the snow underneath will start to melt from the heat your house is creating. This meltwater will then run down to the eaves, and because eaves tend to be the coldest point on the roof, it freezes. Once this happens, meltwater will continue to run down the roof, and the ice will continue to grow due to the initial ice that froze in the eave of the roof. As the meltwater continues to drip with nowhere to go, a water backup will occur. Standing water and your roof are never a happy mix.
Prevention: There are a few things that you can do to help prevent ice damming from occurring on your property. In the fall, make sure you’ve checked for damage to your roof and maintained your gutter system and downspouts. Make sure your attic has the right amount of ventilation and proper insulation. Your attic should always be the same temperature as outside; if you notice a difference, then contact a roofing professional to address your best options before the winter hits.
What should you do if you currently have an ice dam forming on your home? Snow removal will be your best option, but care and safety need to be taken first. Roof rakes or scrapers are tools often used by homeowners, but they can be dangerous and cause further damage to your shingles. If you do find yourself using a rake, make sure you scrape off all of the snow. Any remaining snow could cause your dam to develop again. Consider contacting a professional for this service. You should also avoid any urges to remove the dam yourself. Depending on your approach, you may end up creating more costly damage. Contact a roofing professional; they can assess the best steps to remove the dam and address why the dam developed in the first place.
Regardless of what nature throws your way, if you have leaks or water spots on your ceiling, you should immediately contact a roofing professional. We’re equipped to fix these issues and can even work with many homeowner insurance companies to help get you fixed and ready for the next weather event.
Are you concerned about your roof? Contact us at Restoration Builders, and one of our Consultants will schedule a time to come out to your property and do a free inspection.