Time is getting short to schedule your winter roof optimization. Temperatures have already plummeted in Southwest Ohio, and the snow and cold might be here to stay. 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 snowy season?
Getting Your Roof Ready for Winter
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 ensure 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 affects 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 warm air is in the attic, it will heat the underside of the roof, causing the underside of the snowpack 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.
Clogged gutters are another reason for the ice to build up along the eaves of your home. When gutters have 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 peace of mind during the brutal Ohio winter. You can rest easy knowing that your roof is prepared for any weather coming its’ way.