Winter weather can take its toll on our homes – especially the roof – when we get into heavy snowfall and mixed precipitation like freezing rain that can cause thick layers of ice to form. The key is to have a plan in place to monitor your roof condition and take action before a major issue arises.
By doing the following three things, you’ll help ensure your roof remains in good repair throughout the winter months while keeping yourself safe as well:
- Monitor your home for signs of stress. Indicators can start small and quickly escalate. Heavy ice and snow can not only impact a roof, but also throw a building’s framing out of square, causing plaster to crack and doors to stick. Signs of trouble can include when doors aren’t opening or closing properly and ceilings are cracking or sagging. Water leaks or unusual creaking sounds are also cause for concern. Be sure to call in an expert to check any of these problems. The longer you wait, the greater your chances of facing a major home repair and expense.
- Have a plan in place. When weather is at its worst, we likely hear the most about falls from heights while people are desperately trying to clear snow from roofs. It’s important, as always, to keep your own safety top of mind. While it may be tempting to take matters into your own hands, it’s not worth the potential risk to you or your roof. There are professionals available who can safely remove snow and ice from your roof. It’s important to monitor the situation and schedule a contractor in advance because you can’t just call a company in the middle of a late-night snowstorm expecting immediate service. Do your research and have a few numbers on hand for local experts in the event you anticipate needing help.
- Keep safety top of mind. If you insist on removing snow from your roof on your own, consider using an extendable snow rake that allows you to reach the roof from the ground without actually climbing on top. But, also be aware that you could easily be standing in the path of any heavy snow and ice that you pull from the roof using this method. If things go wrong, not only could you be injured, but the heavy snow would still remain a threat to your roof.
It’s important to keep in mind that issues can also develop when snow begins to melt and then freezes before it drips off the roof, causing leaks and damming. Several icicles hanging on a roof’s edge may be a sign of ice damming. This is another instance where calling in a local expert could help keep the integrity of your home intact.
Remember that it’s not the depth of snow that’s the issue – it’s the density. Light, fluffy snow is not a problem for roofs – it’s the mix of water and snow that poses the greatest risk for collapse under its heavy weight.
As part of your annual maintenance plan, it’s also a wise idea to have your home inspector look at your roof during a thorough examination of your home’s structure and systems.
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