The winter is a trying time for all of us, dreary weather paired with snow, storms and freezing temperatures aren’t the nicest conditions to be out in. Well, believe it or not, your roof agrees with you. While the winter weather can be beautiful, it can also be detrimental to your roof’s health. In this article, we hope to use our roofing expertise to use in providing you with some tips on how to take care of your roof during the cold winter months.
Look out for sagging
A sagging roof is a potential sign that it has already been the victim of water damage. It is vital that you look into it further to either put your mind at ease or have it repaired as soon as possible. If you leave water damage unchecked it can cause far worse issues as the weather deteriorates. For example, not only can the cost of repair skyrocket, but there is also a danger that your roof will cave in causing damage to your home and potentially to anyone under it at the time.
Clean the gutters
This is especially important before winter even arrives, the fall season means that there are plenty of leaves and twigs falling off trees and possibly into your gutter. It’s also possible that a bird will have made its nest in your clogged-up gutter to take advantage of your home’s heat and, while that may be cute, is not what you want in your gutter. Clogged gutters prevent water from draining off which in turn can weigh down your roof. This opens up the possibility for the water to cause structural damage to your roof and gutter and leaking into your house.
Remove snow from the roof
Snow can not only weigh your rood down, potentially causing the same issue as mentioned above, but it can also be problematic when the snow melts. If the snow melts and re-freezes before draining off your roof, you will likely be left with a sheet of ice under the snow that becomes dangerous and even heavier as more snow settles on top. To avoid this, if possible, use a rake to remove the snow from the roof and as long as the temperature is not too cold, you can use chemicals to melt the ice and have it drain from your roof. Chemicals like magnesium chloride, calcium chloride, and potassium chloride are fairly inexpensive and great for clearing your roof. It is, however, worth mentioning that if the temperature is too low, the melted ice will simply freeze as it runs down your roof, leaving you with the same problem you started with.
Before taking any precautions for your roof, we urge you to remember that roof maintenance is dangerous work and becomes even more so during the winter. If you suspect your roof needs to be repaired or if you’re uncomfortable with doing any checks yourself, contact your local residential roofing experts and North Vancouver Roofing & Contracting will be happy to assist you.