Getting Your Roof Through the Winter

It’s always there and we take it for granted, but sometimes the actual roof over our heads needs some TLC. Winter is here and it’s more important than ever to make sure your roof is able to take it on.

snow on the roof

One of the main results from poor winterization of roofs is interior leaking. As in-home heating is running, it escapes the home because heat rises. Poorly insulated walls or attics allows the heat in-home to escape. Which means, the snow on top of your home, will liquefy and come through any nooks/ breaks in the structure.

The first and foremost thing to do is to find out if your roof needs any repairing. Prevent any leaking by getting a routine inspection. They will also be able to inspect your current siding to see if that needs any adjustments as well.

Many people try applying rock salt or calcium chloride to melt the snow on the roof. This technique’s drawback is that it damages the current shingles. Shingle manufacturers strictly suggest everyone to avoid doing so. Unless the homeowner is trained to handle climbing on their own roof during winter, doing this puts the homeowner into danger during the cold season.

Asphalt shingles are a very common choice for roofing.  When the temperate drops below freezing they get brittle and tend to break or crack easily. When the water settles into these cracks, it freezes and expands, causing the cracks to become bigger. A cracked shingle, therefore, becomes counterproductive in the process of preventing leakage. It allows for the water to penetrate the cracks and flow into the inner side of the roof.

Other issues include the missing of insulation in the roofs of old houses and buildings. This makes the roof much more susceptible to mold and damages. Getting insulation installed into your roof and walls will assist your heating bill. Any amount of heating used to heat up a room without insulated roof and walls can leak out through the walls and roof. Thus losing any heat created by your in-home heating unit.

When it comes to your roof’s underlayment, avoid using asphalt paper. Use Ice and water shield instead. This helps protect your roof from potential ice dams from building up. It functions as a barrier between the interior and the exterior of your roof and can save you a lot of money that may otherwise go towards repair services.

However, It is a precarious undertaking to attempt these winter tips yourselves and many homeowners can affirm the high risk to safety in doing so. We suggested to not jeopardize their well-being and leave these dangerous tasks to professionals with expertise and appropriate equipment to manage such services.

Experienced and trained technicians at Landmark Exteriors can assist you with your winterization process right when you need it. Do not hesitate to contact them and discuss the problems you wish to avoid in the future. Make sure to enjoy your winter hassle free!