Time is getting short to prepare your roof for winter’s onslaught. Temperatures have already plummeted in the Dayton area, and the snow and cold might be here to stay for at least another week. Our next period of mild weather might be our last for some time. Is your roof ready to keep you warm and dry for what all reports say will be a long and blustery season?

Getting Ready

Getting your roof ready for winter starts with a roof inspection.  While you can inspect the roof yourself, having an experienced roofing contractor conduct a pre-winter review of your shingle roof will insure that any potential problem area will be identified. They can then answer your questions and offer solutions that best fit your roof’s needs.

Why Is Winter Roof Optimization Important

Constant exposure to the elements effects each type of  roofing material differently. On shingle roofs we commonly see cracking, rotting, curling, peeling, blistering, and granule loss. Left untreated these shingle roofing issues can lead to roof leaks and structural damage. The flashing around chimneys, vents, skylights, and other extrusions can also be responsible for causing leaks if improperly sealed or if the sealant has broken down. Optimizing your roof before winter strikes can prevent winter roofing problems.

Preventing Ice Dams

When an inadequately insulated attic combines with snow and sub-freezing temperatures the result is often an ice dam. When there is warm air in the attic it will heat the underside of the roof, causing the underside of the snow pack to melt. The runoff will cool and refreeze as it approaches the eaves and gutters causing the ice to back up or create massive icicles. Ensuring that your attic maintains a constant temperature through a combination of insulation and ventilation is key to preventing ice dams.

Gutter Guards

Clogged gutters are another reason for the ice to build up along the eaves of your home. When gutters are clogged any runoff from your roof cannot reach the downspout and get properly channeled away from your home’s foundation. Decaying leaves and other debris will trap any moisture helping the creation of winter ice dams. Gutter guards installed over your gutter troughs prevent leaves and other debris from accumulating in your gutters, so you can have peace of mind that clogged gutters will not be the cause of any ice dams.

Van Martin Roofing can help you optimize your roof for winter. Van Martin Roofing’s experienced professionals will provide you with piece of mind during the brutal Ohio winter, knowing that your roof is prepared for any weather coming its way.