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Winter-related Roofing Issues

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Winter brings with it snow, ice, wind and hail. In Eastern Maryland, the unpredictable weather patterns can account for home damage in critical areas like the roof, siding, or attic. It’s not uncommon for the weather to change drastically in the blink of an eye. Because of all this, homeowners may experience the need to call upon a roofing professional. Luckily roofing can not only take place in the winter, but it’s actually an excellent time to take advantage of completing a home improvement project.

In the winter, the snow may contribute to the following considerations:

  1. Roofing in Cold Weather
  2. Ice Damming
  3. Removing Snow from a Flat Roof
  4. Heat Trace Wire
  5. Insulation

Common Winter Roofing Points to Consider:

Roofing in cold weather can generally take place down to 32°. For the integrity of the materials and the safety of the roofers, we do not work in weather colder than freezing. This can result in scheduling delays, but the durability and strength of the roof is much more important. Still, it is important to remember that it is possible to get a new roof in the winter.

Ice damming occurs when snow or ice forms around the edge of the roof. Heat loss can happen along the soffit vent or ridge vent, causing the ice to melt. From that point it can seep into any space between the layers of the roof. As it re-freezes, it expands and creates a detrimental space for the elements to continually enter. It can also wreak havoc on your gutters and cause them to separate from the roof. This costly damage can be prevented with a sound roofing system with no gaps between the layers.

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Removing snow from a flat roof is an important step to take when deeper levels of snow lead to a heavy weight bearing down on the structure. Many professionals understand the importance of clearing this weight and do not put themselves at risk while covering this task. Contrary to working on a residential, pitched roof, there is no danger of an avalanche-type disruption of snow.

Read more: Clearing the Snow off your Maryland Home

Heat trace wire is a useful tool for preventing rooftop damage from snow or ice buildup. It runs back and forth across the roof and can also work for gutters. It plugs into the residential electrical system through the attic. Using self-regulating heating cable is helpful in areas that tend to freeze.

Insulation acts as a barrier within your home. Having enough insulation is like having layers of blankets on a bed. As you add more layers, the air between them results in additional insulation and comfort. The benefit of better insulation for your home is, of course, greater energy efficiency. While considering the insulation in your attic, it is important to also keep in mind ventilation, which is critical for comfort within the home and for safety above such as preventing ice damming.

Contact a Local Roofing Professional

The safest and wisest step you can take is to locate a trustworthy roofing professional and ask for help with maintenance, inspections, and care. This relatively small investment pays huge dividends over time, and will certainly help you sleep better during snowy, rainy, and windy nights.

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