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How to deal with roof leaks caused by snow
When it comes to common problems residential roofing owners are faced with, snow is a prime example of a problem that keeps coming back to haunt you every year. That is, in case you’re living in an area prone to large amounts of snowfall.
Although poetically beautiful, once you have to leave your home, it’s not actually your favorite season.
Snow can seriously damage your roof if left alone. It can accumulate quickly, creating the perfect environment for the forming of ice dams.
Thanks to the many innovations in the field of roofing, there are many ways you can deal with snow piling on top of your roof.
Thankfully, we have evolved from the “primitive” ways of getting rid of it by using a shovel or some other misplaced item that seemed to do the job. Nowadays, there is an entire industry working on providing the best solutions for removing the snow from your roof.
The best ways to remove that excess snow sitting on top your roof is to manually remove it. Keep in mind that your focus shouldn’t be removing the entirety of snow, you should focus on removing the excessive amounts.
The amount of snow that can present a problem depends on the building itself. Considering the strength of your foundations, a certain roof may be able to withhold larger amounts of snowfall, while certain types of roofing systems may collapse in the same conditions.
Pay attention to the little things that might tell you your roof is burdened. If the doors tend to stick together, that means an excessive amount of pressure has already been placed on top of your roof. The same goes for dark spotting, the damage has been done and the main focus should be placed on dealing with the problem.
In case you haven’t noticed any of these signs that might mean your roof is still operable. Even so, in case you’ve noticed the amount of snowfall placed on top of your roof, you should certainly make haste to deal with it. There are a few tools that can help you with removing the extra snow. Snow rakes work on the principle of gravity. They can be found at almost any hardware store in town and are very affordable. They work on the principle of getting between the snow and the roof, allowing for gravity to take its course. Of course, aim the fall somewhere away from the place you’re standing on.
You can always return to the basics. Climb a ladder, take a shovel and go for it. Just remember to take care of your shingles and yourself.
Actually, when it comes to dealing with any kind of damage or if it’s just for preventing future damage, it’s best to call a local expert. Most companies today offer free estimates, so set up a consultation and devise an efficient plan of dealing with your favorite winter problem – snow.
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