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How To Prepare Your Roof For Winter's Wet And Freezing Weather

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Preparing your home for winter is important to keep your home and its contents protected and to prevent winter storm damage. Your roof protects your home from above and prevents water leaks along with mold and mildew growth. Here are some tips to help you prepare your roof for winter's upcoming snow and ice and keep your home protected:

Inspect The Shingles

It is important to check your home's roof to make sure all its shingles are in place and in good condition. From the street in front of your home, you may be able to view the front of your roof and its shingles, then view the back of your home's roof from your backyard, to see if any shingles are peeling and lifting up, or missing altogether. Any irregularities in the condition of your roof should be inspected further, either by a professional roofer or by yourself, when possible.

If you can safely gain access to your roof, do this to get an up-close view of your shingles and their individual condition. Look for any cracked, broken, or peeling shingles, as this can indicate moisture is seeping down to the roofing layers below and possibly into your home and roof.

You should replace any damaged or missing shingles with new shingles from extras you may have left over from the last time your shingles were replaced. You can also order a matching box of shingles from a local roofing or home improvement company. When you replace and install a new shingle, be sure you pull up the shingle positioned above the damage shingle and remove the fasteners in the shingle above and in the damaged shingle. Each shingle is held in place with usually two rows of fasteners.

Remove and Prevent Ice Dams

If your home is in a northern climate that has regular winter snowfall, there is a chance of ice dam formation on your roof, which you can prevent. The less insulation you have in your attic can increase your chance of ice dam formation at the edges of your roof, as ice dams are formed when a warm roof melts snow on your roof where it runs down your roof to freeze at the cold eaves of your roof.

First, you can install a heating cable along the edges of your roof. This type of heating cable can be turned on and off, when needed, to melt any accumulation of ice at the edges of your roof. Unfortunately, because it is a secondary strategy, it does not prevent ice dams from first occurring.

Prevention of ice dam formation happens when you add an appropriate amount of insulation in your attic and seal off any holes where heat from your home can enter into your attic space. You can also add ventilation and appropriate air flow into your attic space to keep the area cool and your roof cool, as well.

Contact a company like CJ Scotti Services for more information and assistance.