By Dez Duran-Lamanilao
When you leave snow and ice on your roof for a longer period of time, you run the risk of dealing with leaks, and this may cause further damage to the other parts of the house. This will mean higher repair costs and a disruption to your daily routine.
When snow piles up in the roof, a lot of things can happen. This can lead to ice dams, which can tear off gutters, disentangle shingles, and cause air leaks and water damage to ceilings, interior walls and insulation. Ice dams are formed from snow melts and clogged gutters or insufficient insulation in your attic space. Ice dams prevent melted water from flowing off your roof. These are the thick ridges of ice that you notice building up along your roof’s edges or eaves.
Removing snow from the roof is the key to preventing ice dams from forming. In a worst-case scenario, it is not recommended to repair interior damage until you are sure that your ceilings and walls are dry. Here are some long-term tips to lessen the risk of ice dam formation:
- Install gutter guards. They are available in various types: screens, surface tension and fine mesh. You can save money if you want to install them yourselves, but professional installers can do the job for you, especially if you are not confident doing the task.
- Schedule a regular roof inspection. Roofers can conduct several tests to check the health of your roof. First on their list is looking for possible material degradation or any major structural damage.
- Protect your home with a properly-installed insulation. All ceiling insulations must be installed following the manufacturer’s installation instructions. Verify your state code requirements for ceiling or roof insulation levels.
- Consider natural roof ventilation if you want to keep uniform room temperatures.
- Recessed lights, heating ducts and complicated roof designs increase the possibility of ice dam formation.
Alabama has gone through hail, wind, ice and snow storms. Seek expert assistance on how best to maintain your roof. It is your first line of defense against the natural elements and protecting it will keep you and your home safe from possible accidents and damages.