4 Tips To Help Avoid Water Damage To Your Roof During Cold Weather

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Roofs that are located in colder climates can be a little complex to deal with because of the increased possibility of water damage. Rainwater and snow are usually the culprits of water damage in colder locations. The accumulation of rainwater or snow will easily create a problem for your roof if it is not handled quickly. As a result, there are a few tips you should consider in order to protect your home from water damage during colder weather.

Use A Roof Rake To Remove Excess Snow

Having excess snow sitting on top of your roof is never a good thing, because once this snow melts it can end up seeping into your roof. An easy way to avoid this is my using a roof rake to remove snow each time it buildups. The rake is easy to use and is one of the quickest ways to remove snow from your roof.

Properly Ventilate Your Roof

A roof that is not properly ventilated will result in a warm roof. If you live in an area where it snows then this can easily become problematic. A warm roof will heat up any snow that is on your roof causing it melt and leak into the home.  In addition, a roof or attic space that is too warm will create a breeding ground for mold and mildew. These problems can be avoided by installing vents and attic fans. The vents and fans will ensure that air is able to flow in and out and effectively cool the roof area.

Install Ice Melt Socks

Ice melt socks are typically installed a few feet away from the gutter and are intended to keep water from freezing on your roof. Frozen water often turns into ice dams. These dams are detrimental to your roof because when they melt the water ends up leaking into your home. Ice melt socks will allow water to pass through and enter the gutters before it has a chance to melt.

Install Metal Roofing

Metal roofing is typically incorporated in colder climates because of its ability to withstand the low temperatures. Additionally, it is referred to as an ice and water shield because the ice and water slide off the roof without any additional effort.

It is important to protect your home and roof from any external elements. Therefore, use these tips to make sure that you do not have to deal with the after effects of water damage. Be sure to consult with professionals, such as those from ANC Roofing, Inc., with any further questions you might have.

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