With winter weather finally rearing its menacing head, it's time to prepare for exterior storm damage. The harsh winter weather can cause serious problems for your roof, especially if you're not prepared. Luckily, it doesn't take much to protect your roof during the winter. You just need to know what to do, and what to avoid. Here are three easy tips that will help you protect your roof this winter.
Clear Away the Ice Dams and Icicles
It's always nice to watch the icicles form along the edge of your home. Unfortunately, while the icicles may be a pretty sight sparkling in the sun, they're actually going to do considerable damage to your roof, especially if they're allowed to hang there for to long. The same goes for the ice dams that can develop in your rain gutters. Icicles and ice dams develop from the water that collects along the edge of your roof. As the water begins to freeze, it lifts up on the edges of your roofing material, exposing the wood decking to water damage. Once the ice thaws and refreezes, it creates a continuous cycle of damage to your roof. To prevent damage, clear away the icicles as soon as they develop and clear out your gutters to prevent the ice dams.
Leave Your Heater On
If you're going to be experiencing freezing temperatures, be sure to leave your heater on. Leaving your heater on will keep your attic warm, which will help prevent ice formation on your roof. Not only that, but if your attic is warm, your roof will stay slightly warmer, which will help keep the snow moving off your roof. If you do end up with a snow pack that doesn't want to go away, be sure you scrape it off as soon as possible. Leaving snow on your roof for too long will damage the shingles and the wood decking below. It's also important that you leave your heater on if you're going to be leaving the house for an extended period of time. Not only will the warm air help prevent roof damage, but it will also help keep the pipes in your home warm, which will help prevent ruptured water pipes.
Call for Repairs at the First Sign of Damage
You never know when your roof is going to get damaged during the winter. However, if it does, you need to call for repairs as soon as you see the first sign of damage. Without proper attention, minor damage could lead to more extensive damage.