Your roof is one of the most important elements of your home — and one of the most expensive to replace. Depending on the type of roof you have, you can expect a lifespan of 15 to 30+ years, but improper maintenance can force you to replace your roof years before it reaches the end of its life expectancy.
Winter is especially rough on your roof, when the weight of snow buildup, ice accumulation, and melting snow can cause shingle damage, leaks, broken gutters, and more. These four roofing tips will ensure your roof keeps your home safe and warm this winter.
#1. Prevent ice dams before they form
When you see a thick wall of icicles along your roof, it’s usually a sign of something significant happening under the shingles: a massive wall of ice that has formed due to melted water. Ice dams cause serious damage to floors, ceilings, and walls — but you can stop them from forming. Ice dams form due to below freezing temperatures, snow buildup on the roof, and heat loss from your home. Upgrade your attic insulation and consider installing soffit and ridge vents to help expel heat before it reaches the roof.
#2. Remove snow from the roof
While a snow-covered roof may look beautiful, it also puts a great deal of pressure on the roof and support system, potentially leading to roof collapse down the road. An accumulation of snow on the roof that melts and refreezes can also lead to dangerous ice dams. Clear the snow safely with a specially designed roof rake. Be sure you don’t hit the roof with the rake or try to remove all of the snow.
#3. Have the roof inspected
One of the most important roofing tips to follow is staying on top of maintenance and repairs throughout the year. It’s important to have any roof issues repaired before they get worse or lead to more extensive damage. Fall is a good time to schedule a roof inspection to check for issues that can be fixed before the snow falls. Repairs to the chimney, flashing, and shingles usually need to be made before temperatures are freezing.
#4. Clean the gutters
The purpose of your gutter system is collecting and directing rain and melting water away from the home. Clogged troughs and downspouts can contribute to the formation of ice dams that allow water to leak into the attic. A gutter system that directs water too close to the home can also cause foundation damage. Clear all debris from your gutters and downspouts in the fall and make sure the downspout directs water at least 4-6 feet from your home before winter comes.
At TechPro Roofing, we do roof repairs, replacements, preventative maintenance and emergency leak repairs. Contact us at http://techproroofing.ca/contact/ or call 604-371-2505 if you’re located in the Lower Mainland.