Preparing your home and roofing for the freezing cold temperatures and inevitable snow fall during winter is an absolute necessity so be sure to ask Meerkat Roofing & Exteriors for help. This is so simply because roofs, aside from the confines of your home’s walls, are your primary shield against the harsh weather. No house is safe from it; every family is bound to encounter several problems at this time of the year. Knowing all of it and the ways in order to fix and avoid it is the first step in having a complication-free holiday season. So with that said, here are some common roof-related problems at this time of the year:
This problem is usually encountered by homes and families with flat roofs. Snow buildup will definitely cause a number of problems, especially if it is not cleared up immediately. The weight of it could cause major damage, like roof implosion especially if the shingles and the support beams are weakened. Steep roofs are usually exempted from this problem, mainly because their design allows snow to roll off smoothly. In order to avoid the multitude of complications caused by these problem, after the snow clears and if the weather permits, rid the roof of snow.
This is mainly the result of the accumulation of ice and water under the shingles. This is the reason why you need to be able to repair or replace buckling and rotting shingles as early as fall. The melting snow from the upper-tiers of the roof then refreeze on the lower portions, thus creating an ice dam on your roof. The water may then accumulate behind the dam, inevitably causing leaks. The accumulated water may then cause damage to the other shingles while the leaked water will be a major hindrance. Remember, ice dams can get larger and cause extensive damage if not quelled immediately. Though there is no sure fire way to prevent it, proper insulation, proper shingle installation and a good attic ventilating system is able to do minimize it.
Though they may actually look aesthetically pleasing, they pose numerous dangers both at the people and animals passing by and at the roof. Icicles may accidentally fall off and impale themselves on an unsuspecting individual, causing severe injuries. These are mainly caused by the ice dams or by clogged gutters. Add the fact that they are fairly heavy, making them able to cause roof and gutter damage. In order to avoid experiencing this problem, simply clear off your gutter even before the first snowflake falls. Also ensure that there is no debris that may potentially clog it.
Overall, checking the condition of your roof (especially the shingles) and fully repairing the damage will prevent the above mentioned problems and their complications. Ensure that the shingles are in tip-top shape and that they are properly installed. With that said, make sure to avail the services of a trusted roofing company to help you out in your pre-winter checks and repairs!