Winter storms test your home’s resiliency and there’s no other component prone to snow and water damage than your roof. There are a number of preventive steps you can take to keep winter weather damage at bay. While there’s no way to eliminate the possibility, you can minimize its likelihood by taking action as early as now.
Winfield Builders, the leading provider of quality roofing and windows in the region, shares three steps you can follow to protect your roof.
Ensure adequate ventilation. Ventilation and insulation are both crucial in keeping your roof in tiptop shape during winter. Insulation helps regulate interior temperatures while combating cold temperatures outside. Ventilation, on the other hand, prevents moisture buildup, which can damage your walls, ceiling, and attic. Make sure your roof vents are in good shape and aren’t blocked by insulation or other attic features.
Protect against snow and ice dams. Heavy snow and ice can cause your roof to collapse. If snow continues to form on your roof, or if it melts and then refreezes, then it means ice dams are forming, threatening the safety of your attic and the rest of your home. Prevent the buildup of snow and ice by using a roof rake with a telescoping handle. Roofers don’t recommend using chemicals to melt the snow, as they can cause damage to your shingles.
Schedule inspections and repairs. If you’re unable to use a roof rake or if you start noticing bigger problems on your roof, schedule an inspection right away. Experts like Winfield Builders can examine your roof, chimney, and other parts of your home for damage. We’ll suggest repairs or replacements if we spot any issues that need immediate attention.
For all your winter gutters and roofing concerns, turn to Winfield Builders. With over 40 years of professional experience under our belt, we remain one of the go-to contractors in the area. If you want to schedule a free consultation, feel free to call us at (301) 850-6560 or fill out our online form. We serve homeowners in Silver Spring, Rockville, Annapolis, MD, and nearby communities.