When And How Should You De-Ice Your Roof

Ice is fairly common in this area and we here at North Vancouver Roofing & Contracting know better than anyone what an effect this can have on your roof. Ice can build up fairly easily on your roof thanks to snow and freezing rain, but many people don’t understand the potential problems ice can cause and how severe it can get.

When should you de-ice?

You may think that due to the angle of a traditional roof, you have no need to deal with ice and that it will simply melt and run off when the weather gets warmer. This is partially true but in freezing temperatures, snow can melt due to the warmth of your house then freeze again as it runs down, creating a sheet of ice on your roof and ice in your gutters that can be hard to deal with. This ice can cause problems ranging from ripping off shingles, internal water damage and even cracking and weighing down your gutters. You should ideally de-ice as soon as you realize you may have a problem, ice can cause damage that is expensive to fix so you want to get rid of it as soon as possible.

It’s also recommended that you do not attempt to de-ice your roof yourself, ice is dangerous and can cause you to slip and fall and can even fall on to you in the form of sharp icicles. If you suspect you may have a heavy build up of ice, try to knock large icicles off yourself before contacting you local roofing experts. North Vancouver Roofers are more than happy to discuss your issue and help keep your roof healthy.

How to de-ice your roof?

As with most things in life, it’s best to stop the problem before it can take hold. If you attempt to de-ice your roof alone in freezing temperatures, you will discover a vicious cycle of melting and refreezing that may just leave you frustrated. The best defense against ice buildup on your roof is to ensure you have proper insulation, this prevents warm air from your home melting any snow on your roof and becoming a heavy ice shelf.

If you find the temperature high enough to melt the ice off your roof without having it re freeze, there are a number of relatively cheap options available. Firstly we recommend removing any snow possible using a rake, and secondly you can use chemicals such as magnesium chloride, calcium chloride and potassium chloride.

However, as mentioned above snow and ice can be dangerous and dealing with it can be daunting. If you are in anyway uncomfortable or nervous to de-ice your roof alone, as the best roofing company in North Vancouver, simply contact us and we’ll be happy to discuss any questions you may have.

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