The winter months are here and it can definitely take a toll on your roofing system. As such, it’s important to ensure that your roof is ready to take on whatever the season throws at it. It has to be ready to face snow and cold weather conditions. In this post, State Roofing, a top roofing company, shares tips to help prevent winter roofing damage.
Improve Attic Ventilation
Poor attic ventilation can lead to issues such as ice damming, which is arguably one of the worst things your roof can encounter during the winter months. Keep in mind that ice dams are on your roof if you have a hot attic with ice on top of the roof. The snowmelt accumulates on your roof’s edges, where it refreezes, and causes damming. In turn, this prevents the melted snow from rolling off your roof. This can severely damage your gutters, shingles and eaves due to its weight and icicle formation.
Your roofing contractor strongly recommends ensuring that your roof has proper ventilation to prevent ice dams from forming. Install exhaust vents to allow moisturized air to escape from your attic and add intake vents to allow cool air in. When you have a cooler attic, there’s a lower chance of ice damming or icicle formation. Make sure that you get your attic inspected by a professional to see if you have sufficient ventilation.
Inspect Your Underlayment
Remember that ice and snow can melt and freeze repeatedly during the winter months. This happens due to standing water accumulating on your roof. If this is not addressed, water can seep into the cracks of your roof, causing your underlayment to deteriorate. Before the winter months even start, make sure that your roof is inspected by a professional to assess if it’s ready for the season.
State Roofing is one of Western Washington’s most experienced roofing companies, boasting over 50 years of experience. We offer a wide range of professional roofing services and roofing options, including asphalt shingles and metal roofing panels. To request a free estimate, call us at (360) 794-7164 or leave us a message here. We serve homeowners in Tacoma, Kirkland and Seattle, WA, as well as the surrounding communities.