How To Prevent Ice Related Roof Damage

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Have you noticed those large icicles hanging off your roof? While they may look pretty, they are actually an indication that your roof could be damaged from that ice. It will help to know how to prevent all the ice related roof damage from happening.

Clean The Gutters

When the leaves fell down from the trees last fall, chances are a lot of them wound up in the gutters of your home. You'll want to clean your gutters out prior to the winter to remove all of the debris that is in them. Leaves, sticks, and dirt can cause problems in the winter due to the snow. This snow will eventually melt and need to go somewhere, and if the gutters are packed, the water is going to freeze and back up into your roof.

What you do not want to happen is for water to start going underneath the roof's lowest row of roofing shingles. The water will freeze, expand, and lift the shingles right off your roof. It can cause some serious damage that will eventually need to be repaired.

Add More Insulation

Have you ever noticed the roofs around your neighborhood after a snowfall? Some roofs will have an even layer of snow on them, and others will have patches where the roof is exposed. This is due to a lack of insulation, which is causing hot spots on the roof that melt the snow. That water rolls down the roof, freezes once it reaches a cold spot, and can cause ice dams.

The trick to prevent this problem is to add additional insulation to the attic. This prevents the heat from your HVAC system from rising to the top of the attic, which leads to problems due to melting snow on the roof.

Remove The Snow If Possible

If you have a small home, it may be worth it to buy a roof rake. This is a rake that has a long telescopic handle and can reach all the way to the peak of the roof while you are standing on the ground. You can use it to clear the roof of snow so that it cannot melt or collect in the gutters, which will help prevent ice damage from occurring.

Do not make the mistake of using a regular rake while standing on a ladder. This is not safe to do in the middle of winter after a snowfall and could lead to an injury when trying to clear off your roof.

For more information, contact a business such as Rainy Day Exteriors.

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