Protect Your Roof This Winter Against Ice And Snow
As another Minnesota winter approaches, many homeowners are beginning to feel the effects of the cold. We’re all hoping our home’s roofing and
gutters are ready to face the snow and ice. Home protection is one of the most important reasons why you should upgrade your home’s roof, siding, and windows before winter strikes.
Minnesota winter storms are approaching and more and more snow and ice are going to be dropped on homeowners roofs and gutters. However, with a few easy steps homeowners can reduce their risk and protect their roofs and gutters from the coming elements.
Signs Of Potential Roof & Gutter Damage
This winter if you see icicles hanging from your roof, don’t just leave them or simply knock them down because they are just simply a symptom of a greater problem. If you see icicles it is likely that you have an ice dam, which prevents water from properly draining from your roof. Ice dams can lead to many serious ramifications in the future.
Some of these dangers include the creation of pools of water that can seep through your roof and into your house. This water can damage your insulation, walls, and ceilings, causing thousands of dollars in damages. Ice dams can form at any time during the winter and are often caused by poor
ventilation in the roofs or attics of homes. The warm heat from the attic air melts the snow on your roof and causes this water to rundown your roof and because gutters are often blocked up and frozen the water cannot escape and settles on your roof. However, there are a number of simple steps you can take to protect your roof, attic, and gutters from this winter damage.
3 Easy Steps To Remove Snow And Ice From Your Home’s Roof
1. First, remove snow directly from the roof. The use of a roof rake is the best and safest option for removing snow from one’s roof. Roof rakes are most effective when used right after a snow storm to remove the snow and ice before it begins to build up. When using a roof rake pull the snow in the same direction as the sloop of your roof, never against it. If you pull against or directly on your roof you are in danger of damaging your shingles.
2. Second, even with the removal of snow – ice dams can still form. It is important to locate the ice dam before letting it grow too large. The longer it takes to locate the dam the more difficult it will be to remove. When you have located the dam simply chip the ice away to create a channel in which the water can escape. Once again be careful not to damage your roof and be sure not to chip directly on any shingles or other roof materials. Another handy trick to keep the ice dam from forming again is to use sidewalk salt. Simply fill a sock with salt and place it perpendicular to the edge roof so the salt can
melt the ice and snow.
3. Lastly, simply keep your gutters clear of ice. Gutters are the best way to drain water from your roof make sure to check them often and make sure they are clear. You can also place a light layer of salt in gutters to prevent ice and snow build-up, but be sure to still check them often.
Unsure If Your MN Roof Is Ready For Winter?
If you have doubts that your home is ready for winter to talk to Welter Construction the top roofing contractor in Ramsey, MN. Call in today and ask for a fast free quote. You’ll be able to talk to an experienced and reputable roofing contractor that can guide you through the decision to patch or replace your roof. Contact Welter Construction today for the best results!