When you live in a region where you tend to get snow, you will have added concerns when it comes to your roof during the winter. Along with being concerned about the regular maintenance issues other home owners need to deal with, you will also have to make sure that you are watching out for snow-related issues so you can prevent other problems from occurring. Here are some of the things you should know:
You need to be especially concerned with trees
While any home owner should make sure they don't allow large branches to grow too close to the roof, this is especially true when you live where you get snow. When snow falls on the branches of the trees, it can weigh them down and increase the chance of one of them snapping and falling on the roof. Depending on the size of the branch and how it hits, a falling branch can cause a number of different issues that may need repairs. Keeping branches cut back can prevent this type of damage from occurring.
Knock down icicles
If you notice icicles developing along the roof that are getting larger and larger, then you should knock them down. Icicles can also become a danger if they fall on someone walking under that area when they happen to break free and fall to the ground. If they become too large, they can weigh down the eves and cause dampness damage.
Don't allow the rain gutters to be full of snow and ice
It's important for everyone to clean their gutters, but when you run the risk of snow falling on top of gutters already weighed down with wet leaves and other things, then there is even more of a chance that they will become weighed down and need repairing. If it rains on top of the snow, then large sections of ice can develop; this can also happen if the snow melts and then refreezes. This ice can weigh down the gutters and cause damage.
Depending on the amount of neglect they have gone through throughout the years, you can also be risking the chance of the gutters breaking and even causing injuries to someone who may be standing underneath them if this happens.
Prevent ice dams
Ice dams can gather on the roof that cause extra weight and stress to be put on it. These dams are like thick sheets of ice and can end up being yet another safety hazard if they fall from the roof at the wrong time. The prevention of ice dams is actually easier than one may think. You can use the same salt you use to prevent ice from developing on your walkways in order to prevent the ice from developing on the roof.
For more information on how to protect your roof from snow-related issues, contact professional roofing services.