An Ounce of Prevention for Your Roof in Winter
- February 27, 2018
- Safety, Stopping Leaks
- Posted by Luke Fredrickson
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Winter rains when snow and ice dams are still present will likely cause significant problems to existing roofing systems. All sloped roofing systems are built on the concept that they are able to shed water. Sloped roofing systems are not waterproof, they are water shedding. So when we have rain that is dammed by snow and ice, it will find a way into the roofing system and into the house.
Stop Gap Measures
Unfortunately, when these conditions already exist, damage is likely. There is little proactive action that can be done at this point other than clearing snow and ice from roof and gutter systems. The immediate goal is to provide a path for water to escape the roof and move away from your home. We offer a quick, efficient solution to defend your property. Our ice dam steamer system works in sub-zero temperatures, is non-damaging to historic roof materials, and is chemical-free. Act today to prevent damage to your roof, insulation, walls, and other structural materials.
Once the rain has started, we highly recommend checking all rooms/ceilings around the house to ensure no water is present. Take the time to check the rooms you rarely enter. If you do suspect water is entering your home, give us a call. We can help. Damage of this type may be covered by your homeowner’s insurance and should be considered when a problem is present.
We can install ice melt systems that will melt the snow and ice and provide a path for the water to travel off your roof and into your gutters and downspouts.Your roofing systems will be protected from expensive damage.
Flat Roofs that drain through one location should also be closely watched. Clearing the drain location of snow/ice will help provide a path for the water to flow. Without release, the water will accumulate to levels that will likely cause leaks. Work to clear a path on flat roofs.
Working on your roof is inherently dangerous and should only be attempted by professionals with proper training, equipment and safety procedures. Do not climb on any roof that is covered with snow and ice!