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How To Take Care Of Your Roof During Winter?

January 28, 2019

Low temperatures, frost and snow put not only our bodies to a test, but also… the houses in which we live. As a homeowner, you can expect your roof to last for 15 to 20 years. Of course, no roof is indestructible, and weather is one of the most common culprits of roof damage. Throughout the year, roofing and gutters are exposed to various weather conditions. However, temperature fluctuations and frequent precipitation during autumn and winter have the most destructive effect on the roof. Here are a few tips on how to best prepare your roof for the winter.

Inspect Your Roof Before Winter

One of the biggest risks for roof damage during the winter comes from neglecting to find and repair existing deficiencies. A pre-winter roof inspection is always a good idea because it allows you to catch causes of leaks, splits, separations at seams, ridges, rust and deterioration in your roof before they turn into serious damage.  

It is worth starting the roof inspection with manual or pressure washer cleaning.

It is especially important to open the gutter system. Leaves, branches and dirt must be removed from the gutters, which hinder proper drainage from the roof and may cause the gutters to crack under the influence of accumulated ice.

Keep Your Roof Clear Of Heavy Snow

A snow-laden roof structure is susceptible to damage. Although a roof covered with snow looks fabulous, the snow cap is very dangerous to your roof structure and can be a conduit for ice dam formation, which can force water into gaps, which can then cause leaking into the home and surrounding materials.
Sitting snow and icicles hanging from the roof can be also dangerous for nearby people. To avoid any accidents snow guards should be installed on steep roofs to help reduce the momentum of a potential snowslide.

Install A High Quality Roof

To reduce the chance of any problems during severe winter weather, it is worth protecting your home beforehand. The first and most important thing is choosing the right roofing system that will withstand extreme Chicago weather. A gable roof, for example, will easily shed water and snow and will provide excellent water drainage. The bigger the slope, the faster the roof automatically gets rid of the snow.
Aside from installing the right roof, it is also worth getting a proper guttering system that will protect your home from the damaging effects of rain, sleet, & snow.
Call New Edge Improvement to get a free estimate on a new roof that will protect your home and last for decades to come.