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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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
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 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.