How to Prevent Winter Roof Damage

(Last Updated On: February 21, 2017)
winter roof damage
Preventive steps for roof damage

For preventing winter roof damage, commit for cleaning the rain gutters, addressing small or huge damaging problems immediately and also for thoroughly checking the possible trouble shoot before the first snow fall. Shingle damages, broken gutters, and ice dams are just some of the examples of things we can look forward to every winter arising. But fortunately, it is not too late for protecting your home against the winter roof damage this season and for many upcoming years. By following the states simple steps which are outlined below, you can easily protect your home from any winter roof damage, significantly for lowing your energy bills, and get increased peace of mind.

Winter roof damage preventive steps:

Clean the gutter before winter sets:

The gutter system installed in your roof really takes a beating during the winter months. The accumulated debris in your gutter can prove to be dangerous for your roof. It might weigh the gutters and cause the damage to the gutter system itself. Not only the gutter system but the siding and the trims of your home too can get damaged.

The gutters installed in your roof might get split, crack or completely get dislodged with the additional weight of winter storm or accumulated ice and snow. Ineffective and clogged gutter system might also lead to back up and flooded roof surfaces that might cause ice dams, leaks to the interiors of your home and dangerous icicles too.

A clean, efficient and maintained gutter system proper migrates and carries the water runoff and helps in diverting away from your home foundation. Completing this step will help you in protecting your home from winter roof damage situation.

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Remove the accumulated debris from the roof:

Removing debris from rain gutters
Removing accumulated debris

Branches, leaves and even children’s toys might be the reason of clogging the rain gutters or can damage the shingles on your home. The static accumulated debris on your home’s shingles might also retain the moisture level and reduces the life of the shingles installed. It is advisable of keeping an eye on the trees that have grown near or closer to your roof. Even if a branch of the tree gently brushes up the gutters, shingles, or on the trim of your home, the cumulative effects of constant back and forth motion can immediately wear away the roofing materials installed and even can damage the soft aluminum trim mounted in your roof. The result might lead you with water infiltration and cause you many damaging effects.

Get the damaged shingles repair immediately before the winter sets:

Similar to the cracks on the asphalt roads, the small cracks and fissures in your roofing shingles can quickly become larger pot holes from the effects of thawing and frizzing. It is important to address any possible damaged shingle before it leads to larger damaging problems that are potentially more expensive in cost of repairs.

If you have one of those random tea stains on the ceiling of your room at your home, The basic kind of stains which the home owners sometimes ignores because it hasn’t leaked since.. that can be one of the indication of potentially one of the larger problems rather damaging problems if left unchecked properly.

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Seal any caulk joints and flashing of the pipes:

Each and every roofing system has caulk joints. It could be anything like a chimney counter flashing or just a previous repair, or might be some few sealed nail heads where your ridge the shingles terminates. A flexible sealant is an important component of the roofing system that helps to keep the water away from your living spaces. But, many of the flexible sealant needs proper maintenance. Some cracks, some shrinks, and some just weren’t mounted and installed very well while the process of installing the roof.

It is advisable of having professional inspection of the roof before the winter sets. Use a quality sealant that helps in staying flexible and effective for a longer period of time. It is important to seal all the exposed nails, the chimney flashing and any apparent shingle that is damaged.

It is also important and recommended to check any damaging effects on the pipe flashing installed. The neoprene seals on most standard flashing collars are a maintenance item subject to its formation that only last for few years before they cracks, and shrinks and cause the damaging effects over the pipes.

Take a proper look at your attic installation:

Improper attic insulation is one of the most common types of problem or cause for ice dams. It can potentially lead to leaks and damages the interiors of your home. An improper insulated attic is one such issue that should be resolved as fast as possible. If you can easily see through the ceiling joists the insulation in your attic, there are chances that your home is under insulated or poorly insulated.

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And trust me, an improper insulated attic can lead to lose much of your home’s heat through the roof decking surface installed and prepared. This in turn helps in melting the snow accumulated o the surface of the roof.

The water from the melted snow then runs towards the ends of the rain gutter installed. The water has now nowhere else to go because the gutters are not cleaned and are clogged. The ice dams will start forming and the gutter pipe can be easily clogged. It might also be one of the cause of building dangerous icicles that can even damage the lower roof slopes, the gutters and even can injure the unsuspecting visitors below.


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