Many of the causes of roof damage to your business are easily avoided with routine maintenance and precautions. Winter is a time when weather causes unique problems that you want to be aware of, such as ice dams eating away at shingles or heavy snow loads that cause structural damage. Here are some tips to help you save your roof from damage caused by winter weather:
1. Identifying and Preventing Damage from Ice Dams
Ice dams are a problem during the winter months because they cause wear of roofing that leads to leaks. As the snow on your roof builds up, it can melt and refreeze, causing an ice structure to form. This is something that causes the granules to wear off shingles; especially near areas where snow builds up, such as eaves, valleys and upstairs walls. Installing gutter guards and removing heavy snow loads will help prevent this type of damage to your roof. It is also a good idea to have your roof inspected in spring after a cold winter that has had high snowfall totals.
2. Snow Loads and Damage to The Structure of Your Roof
The snow that falls on your roof is usually not a problem if it is only a few inches. The danger with snow loads comes when snow accumulates, melts and refreezes. On steep roofs, the snow usually flows down the pitch of the roof, but with slow-sloping or flat roofs, there is a danger of snow loads causing structural damage or even roof collapse. If you live in an area that gets frequent winter weather, it may be a good idea to have snow removal done for your roof if large amounts of snow fall.
3. Finding and Repairing Storm Damage During Cold Weather
Any time the storms bring snow and ice, your roof is at risk of being damaged. Storm damage during winter storms will give you unique challenges when it is time for repairs. First, you want to be cautious when getting on your roof to do any repairs. Fall protection is especially important when there are winter conditions outside, and you should avoid getting on your roof unless emergency repairs are necessary. It is always best practice to contact a roofing professional to help with repairs in the hazardous conditions.
These are some tips to help save your roof from damage that is caused by winter weather. Contact a roofing contractor like Danny Odom & Son Roofing to help with repairs and improvements to ensure damage does not lead to more serious problems.