As temperatures get colder, remember how winter weather can impact your roof. In Wisconsin winter, snow days are long and the amount of it can easily build up. This puts a big strain on your roof and, if not taken care of immediately, can sustain permanent damage. This is only preventable if you are aware of snow days, the amount of snow, and having the right tools and roofing company to call for winter roof care. Here are some tips to help you remedy your roof during a snowfall:
Winter Roof Care Tips
- Know the pitch of your roof
Knowing the pitch of your roof can help you decide what kind of care and maintenance to use. Shallow or low-pitched roofs are more vulnerable to damage from snow due to accumulation on the surface. Steep-pitched roofs are easier to maintain since snow is most likely to roll off on its own.
- Clear the snow after heavy snowfall
Immediately after a snowfall, remove the snow. Since it is fresh, it is much easier to move. Using tools such as heat cables or roof rakes can make the process more efficient and tolerable.
- Regularly check snow buildup
Snow buildup is from the snow that has been left up on the roof for too long and has now compacted on the roof’s surface.
- Check for water damage
Snow buildup can easily cause damage due to its heavy pressure, but when it melts and have no other way to escape, it seeps into the home. That’s when water damage is detrimental and harder to prevent. Water spots can develop into mold, and mold is not something you want to breathe in. As soon as you see water damage, contact a professional roofing company immediately.
- Ice dams
Ice dams occur when the snow melts and refreezes around the edges of the roof, causing more strain. Check your roof and gutters to ensure that ice dams have not formed.