Preventing Roof Damage in the Winter

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Many areas of the United States have at least some kind of winter where there is a lot of snow. This snow can build up and damage the roofs of your home and can cause many problems if the problem is not taken care of properly. In order to make sure your roof is working correctly and that snow is not going to damage it, you can hire a professional roofing contractor that can come and implement the proper solutions. There are many ways that a roofing contractor can help your home prevent this winter time damage.

1. Heating Cables. Sometimes a roof may have trouble spots. Perhaps the sun does not hit the area of the roof and so the ice and snow is not as likely to melt. There may also be an area of the roof that is less sloped and so the snow does not run of as easily. When this is the case, the ice and snow can begin to cause problems. In order to prevent this, you will be able to have a roofing company install heating cables on the roof. These heating cables will melt the ice and snow in the trouble spots of the roof.

2. Slope of the Roof. Another common problem with a roof may be that there is not enough of a slope. This can also cause water, ice, and snow to build up and not drain properly. This will begin to cause damage to the roof and leaks and other major damage can occur. A roofing contractor will be able to adjust the slope of the roof in certain areas so that the snow, ice, and water can drain much more efficiently.

3. Gutters. Another common problem with roofs is that the gutters have issues. The gutters may be dirty and stuffed with debris which causes the snow and ice to build up. These gutters should be cleaned each fall to prevent this problem. There may also be parts of the gutters where icicles form because there is heat leaking from the roof and causing the ice to melt and refreeze as icicles. A roofing contractor will be able to identify where the heat is leaking from the roof and fix the problem so that the heat stays in the home.

These are all great ways in which a residential roofing contractor will be able to fix the roof so that your home is not damaged by the snow and ice.