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Tips For Keeping Your Roof Safe Through Winter Weather

by April Carlson

Winter is almost over, but in some areas of the country, the snow storms are still arriving. With so much ice and snow coming to you, it is a good idea to keep your roof protected from snow and ice, and learn to watch for signs of trouble and recognize the need for professional roofing help. Here are some tips to help you.

Remove Snow Safely

When snow builds up on your roof from one or several snowstorms, it can become quite heavy for your roof to hold its weight. If your roof is sloped, it is built in that manner to help for moisture runoff and some snow runoff, but the snow may not always slide off.

When the snow accumulates and it is quite heavy, you can use safe methods to remove it, which do not include shoveling it from the surface of your roof. You can buy a roof rake that is on the end of an angled telescopic handle for you to reach the surface of your roof from the safety of the ground. And the roof rake's blades should be made of a rubberized material so it does not damage your roofing materials during snow removal. If you are not able to safely remove snow from your home, you can hire a professional roofing service, like Wolf Exteriors & Remodeling, to handle this for you.

Watch For Ice Dams

Another concern during winter weather is the occurrence of ice dam formation at the eaves of your roof. As this layer of ice grows, it can form around and under your shingles, essentially prying them upward and causing interior ice and moisture intrusion.

The proper way to remedy your roof of ice dam formation includes adding appropriate roof ventilation and blocking off heat leaking from your home into your attic to keep the space cool. Talk to a roofing professional about completing this service. As a repair to remove any existing ice dams, you can add heating cables to the roof's edge. These will melt the ice. You can also add a stocking filled with ice melt onto your roof's edge.

Inspect in Spring

Once all the snow and ice has melted in spring, you should take some time to inspect your roof for any damage that might have occurred over winter. Be sure to remove and replace any damaged shingles showing signs of curling, lifting, tears, or broken corners. Your local roofing professional can also complete this inspection and repair for you, when necessary.