Ice storms can cause severe damage to your roof. The two biggest dangers are falling branches from trees and ice dams. Here are steps you should take to keep your home safe even in sudden ice storms. You should take these steps during the warm months to keep your roof safe in the cold season.
Trees add beauty and make your property more interesting, but they also pose a danger if allowed to grow near the home. Keep branches trimmed so they do not hang over the roof line. Have all trees trimmed during the year to remove dead branches, keep the trees healthy, and eliminate the risk of fallen branches.
A properly ventilated attic is more resistant to ice dams. Oklahoma City roofers can inspect your home to ensure that the airflow is sufficient so you will not have problems with ice dams. Call for an inspection before the cold weather sets in.
A properly insulated attic prevents excess heat loss in the winter months. This helps the roof stay cool, effectively preventing ice dams. When adding insulation to the attic, be sure to keep the vents along the eaves open for proper air flow.
Ice and Water Shield
A newer advancement in roofing protection, an ice and water shield should be part of any new roof installation. This waterproof membrane is attached on the lower areas of the roof, creating a watertight barrier that will protect your home from ice dams. When you have your roof replaced, choose a roofer that will include this protection.
Missing Shingles and Damage
Any damaged area on the roof presents a weak spot. It is vital that you inspect your roof for damage regularly and have any repairs made before the cold weather arrives. Experienced roofers can safely go up on the roof and replace shingles. They can also inspect your valleys and flashing for any rips or tears, allowing you to avoid problems with a leaky roof when the ice storms roll through.
Robbins Roofing, Inc., is a residential and commercial roofing company. We have more than 60 years of combined experience throughout the greater Oklahoma City area. More information about our services and expertise can be found by visiting us on Facebook. Protect your roof from the harsh winter weather by calling for inspections and repairs during the warmer months. This way, you will be prepared for any sudden storms that roll in this winter.