The snow is here, just like we predicted it would be. So now you must seriously consider improving your roof’s protection level to combat the inevitable winter precipitation.
In the Midwest and the Northeast parts of the country, inclement winter weather is a likely possibility. Since the roof is one of the most important parts of your home’s construction, you need to take certain precautions in order to avoid damage caused by potential harsh weather conditions. Not only should a roof be able to stand up against strong winds, storms, ice, snow, and water, it also needs to be strong enough to withstand a wide range of temperatures. In Indiana, this is especially important since weather tends to be “predictably unpredictable.” Furthermore, a roof should be able to withstand these conditions repeatedly over the course of several seasons. To get this level of endurance, you need to properly weatherproof your roof. Continue reading to learn some advice on how to get started.
One of the most common problems in terms of winter precipitation and roofing systems is an occurrence called ice damming. Ice damming occurs when too much snow and ice accumulate on a roof. It begins by several layers of snow amassing on top of a roof; and when the sun is out, the lowest level closest to the roof’s surface begins to melt. The melted water runs off of the roof shingles and into the gutters, where the water refreezes because the gutters are not warm enough. This leads to a buildup of ice in the gutters and downspouts, which causes more water accumulation to remain on the roof. Too much water of the roof will eventually seep through the shingles and cause water to leak in the attic, ceiling, and walls.
To prevent ice-damming and other winter weather-related roof damages, you must be sure your roofing system is protected. The truth is, weather-proofing your roof should have started back when installation tool place. During installation, a water repellent layer should have been installed beneath the roof shingles. Then de-icing cables should have been installed over the shingles, looped through the upper gutters, ran down the downspouts, and secured all along the roof in a zigzag pattern to cover as much of the lower roof as possible, and down the downspouts. These are just a few fundamental operations for weatherproofing a roof.
Attic insulation is another important part of weatherproofing a roof. After all, it is the area that literally separates your ceilings from the outdoor environment. Sufficient attic insulation is important for many reasons. Most importantly, it keeps conditioned heat indoors, which warms the home, reduces energy costs, and even minimizes temperature fluctuations on the roof.
Another vital aspect of winter roof protection is fire proofing. Fireplaces are a common asset for many homeowners in the winter season. For this reason, house fires are a possibility. Choose a roofing system that is fire-resistant or made with non-flammable materials. Tile, metal, and asphalt shingles are a great choice. Wood shakes can be treated with fire-resistant products, which can help to reduce their level of flammability. Roof and ridge vents also contribute to enhancing fire-resistance in roofing systems. Not only do they ventilate a roof, they help to sparks from entering their openings.
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