Tips To Protect Roof From Snow In Ferndale
We are really no strangers to snow and ice in Ferndale. While the season calls for a lot of it, and it can be quite lovely to look at, if left unchecked, it can also cause quite a bit of difficulty. Our roofing experts are available to discuss how snow and ice might affect your roof, the risks involved, and what you can do about it.
What Damage Can Snow and Ice Do to Your Roof?
While the sheer weight of a big snowfall could be the first thing that comes to mind, most well-designed and maintained roofs can withstand the added weight for a long time. The main dangers of snow and ice come from the thawing and refreezing processes, which allow these conditions to cause damage and maybe penetrate your home.
When snow falls on your roof, it is likely to be exposed to some of the warmth that is flowing up from your house. This causes the underlying layer of snow to melt quickly. However, once the melting snow begins to run, it will refreeze. This may include the following:
- Pulling off shingles or other materials allows melting water to enter your property, causing roof leaks and water damage.
- Run into gutters and refreeze, resulting in large, heavy ice blocks in the gutters. This will almost certainly result in gutter damage or collapse!
- Large ice dams on the roof can condense and harden into extremely heavy portions of the material, causing roof damage; dams also hinder correct water flow off of the roof, impeding normal drainage.
How to Avoid Snow and Ice Issues?
Maintaining a properly insulated attic and home will help you prevent the negative impacts of quick melt, which will help you avoid damage to your roof from snow and ice. Aside from that, it’s all about maintaining consistency. If we have a lot of snow, you should do the following:
- Inspect gutters for snow and ice, and make sure they’re clear to allow for proper drainage as the snow melts.
- Examine the roof for significant ice accumulations.
- Installing soffit vents is a good idea.
- Soffits are the region beneath your roof’s eaves that must be properly vented in order to avoid ice dams.
- Consider placing heat tape along your gutters to prevent icicles and dams from forming.
We strongly advise you to never put rock salt on your roof! Rock salt, often known as calcium chloride, is corrosive and will corrode most roof materials.
If you notice that your roof has accumulated an excessive amount of snow or ice, you should contact a roofing contractor immediately! Snow rakes can be used to clear small amounts of snow, but bigger amounts of snow should be handled by professionals who have the proper equipment. It is best not to attempt to break apart ice dams using a tool. Ice dams are permanently attached to your roofing components, and attempting to remove them can often cause damage to the materials beneath them.