Snow that accumulates on the roof of homes, when left alone, will act as a sponge and soak up rain, putting stress on the roof and risk collapse. According to Lawrence roofing professionals, the roofs at risk the most are flat and low-slope ones. To minimize the risk of putting too much stress on your roof due to drifting snow, here's what you must do.
Clear the roof
Evaluate your personal safety; if a roof is too steep or high for you to access safely, don't attempt it. Instead, remove snow from the roof with a snow rake. If you need to use ladders, make sure to have someone help keep the base steady.
It's a good idea to clear the roof immediately after a heavy storm. You never want to have more than a foot of snow on it. When you rake off snow, be sure to rake from the peak of the roof down and not the other way around.
Pay attention to your gutters
If too much ice builds up on your gutters, they'll become too heavy and break away, causing significant damage to the house. If you observe ice buildup in your gutters, use a hammer and chisel to chip away the ice. However, this can be dangerous if you're not careful. You're probably better of calling a pro for this.
Keep the attic cold
A warm attic is the main reason ice and snow build up on a roof. When an attic isn't well-ventilated or lacks proper insulation, heat can escape from the attic through the roof. This heat warms the roof surface, causing snow to melt quickly. That quick ice melt produces dangerous dams which can clog gutters, create heavy icicles, and damage roofs. You want your attic very cold in the winter, so have a professional roofer install the proper insulation and ventilation.
What to look for in a roofer
When hiring a Haverhill MA roofing specialist, make sure to choose one with an established business. Most importantly, make sure the business is fully insured. For more information on snow safety considerations, visit townofmaynard-ma.gov/safety/snow/.
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