In our last article we talked about the importance of inspecting your roof for winter weather damage—preferably using a professional roofer for thoroughness and safety. One way to better your chances of passing such an inspection with little to no damage is to perform regular maintenance on your roof during the winter months.
Winter roof maintenance most often consists of removing snow and ice from your roof to prevent damage or collapse, and to prevent ice dams from forming and leading to serious structural damage. Just like with inspections, having this maintenance performed by a professional helps ensure it is done correctly, thoroughly, and safely.
Here are some do’s and don’ts involved with removing snow and ice from your roof that can serve as a checklist when you seek out a professional Bucks County roofer to help you keep your roof clean and strong through the winter.
· Aim for consistency and regular care. It’s far better to maintain your roof regularly throughout the season, clearing snow and ice as it accumulates, rather than letting things build up to a point where it’s more likely to cause damage. Every roof is different, but a good rule of thumb is to have your roof cleared with every six inches of accumulated snow.
· Talk to your roofing professional about the equipment they will use on your roof. Professional Doylestown roofers will generally use a specialized rake to clear lighter accumulation. Make sure the rake they use is fitted with roller wheels to present scraping against your shingles. If a shovel is needed to remove heavier accumulation, check that it has a plastic rather than a metal edge to avoid damage to your roof.
· Be sure you are dealing with a professional roofer whose employees are fully insured and properly trained in the safe removal of snow and ice.
· Allow anyone to put salt on your roof to melt snow or ice. This is corrosive and damaging, and at the very least can cause discoloration to your shingles.
· Let anyone near your roof with equipment that could do more harm than good. This includes metal shovels or rakes that don’t have rollers on them to protect your shingles.
· Cut corners on safety. This means not trying to shovel your roof yourself, but it also means checking out any professional roofer you are considering hiring to ensure all of their employees are trained and insured for their safety and the integrity of your roof.
The damaging effects of snow and ice are real, but homeowners can minimize their impact with regular and careful maintenance performed by a trusted professional roofer.