Snow and ice can cause damage to many areas of the home. Repairing the damage can be expensive and aggravating, which makes warding off those issues a much more sensible solution. Here are two ways you can keep problems caused by Old Man Winter at bay.
Did you know that one inch of ice weighs an estimated five pounds for every square foot? This means a foot of snow will add five pounds of weight per square foot, and possibly more depending on the snow’s water content. That’s a lot of added weight for your roof to bear, which is why large amounts of snow on a roof are a concern. A foot or two of snow puts extreme stress on the roof structure.
A professional roofing contractor has a specialized tool called a roof rake that can be used to carefully remove snow by rolling it down the roof slope. Snow should never be pulled across the roof; this could cause damage to shingles.
Another benefit of snow removal is the prevention of ice damming. On certain homes, ice dams develop after a significant snowfall and an extended period of below-freezing temperatures. As warm air from the interior rises into the attic, it warms the bottom side of the roof deck and causes snow to melt. Snowmelt then drains down to the cold eaves, where it refreezes and forms icicles and a dam of ice.
A reputable local roofer can again come to your rescue if you suspect ice damming on your home. He may create a path through the ice dam to allow water to drain off the roof, and use a roof rake to remove snow from the roof to head off the problem at its source.
To stop these winter headaches from happening again, call Gutter Helmet® for a no-obligation estimate on the installation of gutter guards that include the Helmet Heat® deicing system. Helmet Heat® is a self-regulating heating cable that gently warms the Gutter Helmet® to stop snow and ice from accumulating along the eaves, gutters and in the downspouts. Homeowners through the United States are using this brand of heated gutters to effectively keep their homes trouble-free throughout the winter months. For more information, contact Gutter Helmet today at (866) 547-7352!
Stop Old Man Winter from Taking a Toll with Heated Gutters