Winter weather has the potential to put severe stress on your home's roofing system. Snow can accumulate on the surface of your roof, leading to the formation of ice dams and potentially causing it to cave in. Arctic winds can wreak havoc on the quality and integrity of the shingles covering your home's roof. Then, melting snow can cause leaks that further compromise the structure of your home's roofing system.
Being able to protect your home from the harsh conditions associated with a Connecticut winter can be beneficial when it comes to preserving the integrity and performance of your home's roofing system.
Here are two simple things that you can do before cold weather sets in to ensure your home's roof doesn't sustain serious damage during the upcoming winter season.
1. Inspect Your Shingles
Shingles act as the first line of defense when it comes to preventing serious damage to your asphalt roof during the cold winter months. In order for your home's roofing system to withstand a harsh winter, its shingles need to be in good condition. If you want to maximize your roof's efficiency throughout the cold season, then you should make it a priority to inspect your shingles for signs of wear prior to winter setting in.
Spotting damaged shingles can seem challenging, but there are some simple things you can look for to determine the overall health of your roofing system. The first is excessive granule loss. Asphalt shingles are covered with small and gritty granules that act as a UV shield to keep the asphalt from sustaining damage while exposed to the sun.
Granule loss can cause asphalt shingles to weaken over time, compromising their waterproof capabilities. Check your home's roof for any dark areas that could signal granule loss.
Second, you want to check for missing or damaged shingles. You can typically spot missing and damaged shingles pretty easily. An intact roofing system will be better equipped to withstand the rigors of a harsh winter, so you should have a professional roofing contractor replace any missing or damaged shingles before cold weather sets in.
2. Ensure Proper Insulation
One of the most important things that you can do when it comes to protecting your home's roof from a harsh winter is to ensure that the roofing system is properly insulated. You actually want your home's roof to remain as cold as possible throughout the winter and spring months.
Maintaining a cooler surface temperature allows snow that has accumulated on the roof's surface throughout the winter to dissipate slowly, preventing a massive melt. When snow melts too quickly, it can freeze again when temperatures drop and lead to the creation of ice dams. These ice dams can seriously compromise your roof's ability to remain waterproof, and could even lead to collapse in severe cases.
Ensure that your roof is properly insulated prior to winter by having a professional roofing contractor look for proper ventilation, intact flashing around chimneys and vents and a vent pipe boot that has not deteriorated. Working to address any issues found in your roofing system's insulation prior to winter will help you prevent ice dams and the serious structural damage that is often associated with them.
Caring for your home's roof means ensuring that it’s prepared to withstand the harsh conditions it will be exposed to during the winter months. Contact the roofing contractors at G.A. Denison & Sons, Inc to help you check the condition of your home's shingles and look for any repairs that need to be made in order to ensure proper insulation prior to the winter season. That way, you can avoid the inconvenient and costly repairs caused by harsh winter weather conditions in the future.