Saskatchewan winters are tough on roofs. Cold temperatures, and the snow and ice that follows, can make it difficult for your roof to properly function. For example, ice dams can form at the edge of your roof, preventing snow from draining. This can lead to leaks that damage your walls, ceilings, and insulation.
Preparedness is key to maintaining your roof during the winter months. Here are some ways you can get ready for the cold, with a focus on protecting your roof throughout the season.
As leaves and other debris fall from nearby trees during autumn, they collect in your eavestroughs. Over time, the accumulation of debris will prevent your eaves from draining. When water freezes due to blockage, it forces melting ice and snow underneath your shingles, which can penetrate your home.
If you don't know how to clean your eaves, check out IKO's winter eaves maintenance guide. You can also hire a roofing professional to clean them.
Proper attic insulation and ventilation will keep you warm and reduce your power bill. It will also help protect your roof.
Proper insulation keeps your shingles colder, which stops ice and snow from sticking, melting, and refreezing on your roof. Proper ventilation stops moisture build-up, which can seep into your home and cause damage.
Inspecting insulation and ventilation takes expertise, so it's a good idea to hire a professional.
A couple of inches of fresh snow on your roof is fine. Too much snow, though, can cause problems. The most significant hazard is densely packed snow, which is heavier than fresh snow. It can turn into ice and cause dams, leaks, and sagging if left for too long.
Being on a roof is dangerous without the right skills and equipment, especially during winter. If you plan to remove snow yourself, use a snow rake or a similar tool which allows you to remove snow safely from the ground.
Taking time to maintain your roof before and during winter is a small investment that will help protect your home.
If you live in Regina or Southern Saskatchewan, we offer a roof maintenance service that will get your roof ready for the season.