How to Protect your Home from Winter Roof Damage
Winter in Massachusetts can be brutal; it is essential to check your roof to prevent any snow and ice damage to your roof. We’ve come up with some helpful tips to be prepared for roofing issues when the weather starts becoming more severe.
If you have not done so already, now is the time to have a roofing professional to inspect your roof. An inspector should be able to discover any weakness and provide suggestions before the damage worsens from winter storms. A good tip is to have a second roof inspection to find and correct all winter damage. It’s better to be safe.
Hail and Storm Damage.
There is only so much you can do when it comes to hail or storm damage, but there are ways to fix any further damages such as; overhanging tree branches, weaken shingles or cracked caulk and tar.
When the snow starts piling up on your roof, it creates pressure and can potentially weaken your shingles with its weight, especially when wet snow and ice are compact. We recommend hiring a professional to remove any snow from your roof.
Preventing Ice Dams.
Cleaning out gutters before winter officially arrives, dousing the eaves with salt brine, and clearing excess snow off the eaves before it can freeze can all help. Otherwise, you can better insulate your attic and turn down the heat to minimize ice dams.
By taking care to prevent wintertime roof damage, you will extend the life of your roofing and protect your home from roof-collapse and water damage. The return-on-investment is well worth the cost.