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To prevent winter roofing damage, commit to cleaning your gutters, addressing small problems immediately, and thoroughly checking for possible trouble spots before the first snowfall for best results.\n\n

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five ways to prevent winter roof damage

Five ways to prevent winter roof damage

To prevent winter roofing damage, commit to cleaning your gutters, addressing small problems

immediately, and thoroughly checking for possible trouble spots before the first snowfall for best

results.

1. Clean out rain gutters every fall

Full rain gutters will substantially increase the likelihood of ice dams, but gutters filled with

leaves can also buckle when they're filled with ice and snow that can't effectively drain. Rain

gutters that don't drain can also collect more snow, which increases the chance of rot along the

sof fit and fascia. For these reasons, it's essential that the rain gutters are cleaned every year to

avoid the emergency roof repairs. You should also verify that they drain properly; an

inadequate slant can also cause water to stagnate in the gutter.

2. Address the cause of any ice dams

if you ve ever had an ice dam it s likely that

If you've ever had an ice dam, it's likely that the moisture barrier and insulation in your attic is

inadequate. Schedule an inspection with a contractor who can suggest how to prevent further ice

dams from forming and emergency roofing repairs. In most cases, you'll need to add additional

insulation to your attic or at least install a wide piece of metal flashing along the edges of the

roof to prevent more leaks. Don't wait for another ice dam; leaks can cause the structural

members of your roof to rot.

3. Check the structure of your roof

Older homes can have inadequately sized roof trusses and needs exterior repairs. In most

cases, when you read about a roof collapse, ineffective roofing structural members are to blame.

Roofing rafters can easily be reinforced once you know about the problem, so get a professional

to check your roof if your home was built prior to the 1950s. Also, if you've had roof leaks in the

past, your rafters could be damaged. A quick evaluation by a professional will ensure that your

roof can withstand the snow load that's typical in your area.

4. Look for damaged shingles

After every winter and wind storm, you should check for any cracked, missing or deformed

shingles on your Roof Repair Cleveland. During the spring, these shingles should be replaced.

If they're ignored, leaks may occur. Also, the underlying wood sheathing and rafters could rot

when they're exposed to melting snow.

5. Eliminate icicle havens

If your roof regularly collects icicles, an improperly ventilated soffit or inadequate insulation

may be to blame. Call a contractor who will be able to evaluate your house's current structure

and can make suggestions. Icicles don't just represent a safety hazard; they can also damage the

drip edge and cause ice dams.

The best way to prevent winter roof repair snow damage is to address any previous problems

early in the spring, and then look for any new potential problems in the fall. If you've never had

any problems with your roof, you'll only need to clean your rain gutters and check your roof for

damage to avoid most complications.