3 Tips About Winter Storm Roof Damage
October 12, 2013 at 2:05 PM
Storms during the winter can damage your roof. Taking precautions can reduce the potential for damage. Protecting your roof is vital because any damage to your roof can compromise the structural integrity of your home. (H & S Roofing and Gutters, a top rated roofing company in Charlotte NC, can inspect your roof for damage. Click here to contact them today.)
While it is important to check your roof’s condition throughout the year, it is even more crucial before and after winter storms. You may not need to replace the roof entirely, but maintenance and routine checks will help to keep your roof in top condition.
Here are a few roof maintenance tips to keep your roof safer from winter storms:
Trim Trees Branches Near the Roof
Trees are beautiful, but branches that are too close to your roof can damage the tiles and singles. These branches are a threat during the storm season. Make sure you have the trees pruned as soon as you see a branch getting too close to your roof. Also, make it a point to hire a good tree pruning service because if the branch is pruned incorrectly, it may end up damaging your house.
Install a sound roof
You can reduce your chances of ice dams that can cause leaks by having a quality roof installed in the first place. Installing an ice and water shield product at the eaves will help protect these vulnerable areas. If snow piles up on your roof and you cannot remove it safely, keep an eye open for any leaks that may start. Dealing with those leaks sooner than later will mitigate interior damage.
Debris buildup in valleys, behind chimneys and other areas can increase the likelihood that water will dam behind snow and ice, backing up under shingles, causing leaks. Hire a professional to clean off your roof in the fall if leaves and debris are on your roof.