No one wants their roof to leak anytime of the year but in the winter especially. Any leaks you may experience with your roof during the winter can exacerbate the situation. Snowfall and cold temperatures make repairing roof even more difficult than usual. Winter is almost among us, but there is still some time to prepare your room for a leak free winter. Here are a few tips on how to keep your home dry all winter long.
Ice Dam Prevention: Ice dams are one of the biggest reasons for leaking roofs in the winter. Water freezes then melts, causing humps of ice on your roof which allows water to enter your home under your roof’s shingles. In order to prevent these ice dams make sure you attic is ventilated properly, allowing attic temperatures to be the same as exterior temperatures and avoiding melting and refreezing of ice on your roof.
Keep your Roof Clean: Before the first snow fall make sure your roof is clean of fallen branches and debris. Debris is one of the leading cause of roof damage leading to leaks. Trim overhanging tree branches which will greatly reduce chances of debris ending up on your roof in the first place.
Clean your Gutters: Clogged gutters are one of the main caused of roof leaks. They can increase the chance of ice dams which can cause major problems in your roof. Make sure your gutters are free from leaves and other debris before the temperatures drop below freezing.
Add Attic Insulation: Well insulated attics can help prevent roof leaks. Many winter leaks are caused by snow which melts because too much heat escapes through your roof. By installing proper installation in your attic, you can prevent heat from escaping your home keeping your heat in your home where it should be and preventing roof leaks from ice melting.
Limit Roof Traffic: During the holiday season many people are up on their roofs, hanging lights and other holiday decorations. Excessive foot traffic on your roof can lead to leaks since shingles can split and crack under pressure. Avoid stepping on roof tiles or tile cement due to the fact that these materials are easily damaged underweight.
As winter quickly approaches it is important to get your roof inspected by professionals at Aqua Barriers to ensure you will have a leak free winter. Contact Aqua Barriers today to schedule you roof consultation today!