You want the condition of your roof to offer protection to your home interior from wind, weather, and the sun's damaging UV rays. When any part of your roof fails and lets in moisture, this can cause damage to the interior and structures of your home and result in expensive damage clean-up and repairs. Here are some tips and recommendations for you to keep your roof protected and in maintained good condition along with the interior of your home's attic space and handle repairs and clean up when necessary.
Watch Out For Ice Dams
With your roof constantly exposed to the elements, you need to keep an eye on it with regular maintenance and repairs when needed. However, with the winter season upon us, ice dams become a real threat and problem to your home if it is not protected with good airflow and ventilation in your attic. When ice builds up on the edge of your roof in the form of icicles — this is an indication there is ice forming under and around your shingles. This is a problem because as the ice forms around and under the shingles, it expands and lifts the shingles, further pushing ice into your roof's layers and eventually onto the roofing deck and into your attic.
Keep a cool roof with good attic ventilation with vents along the ridge and soffits of your roof. Your professional roofer can inspect your ventilation capacity and supplement it when necessary. You can also check your attic space for cracks and gaps where heat can enter the attic from your home. This can include any HVAC vents, electrical and utility openings, and cracks around your chimney. If you keep your attic space cool, it will prevent snow from melting on your rooftop and freezing at the edge of your roof where it will cause havoc with ice dams.
If you are not able to add in vents and other roof-cooling features in the middle of winter, you can install some prevention protections. Talk to your roofer about installing a roof edge heating cable to warm and melt any ice formation. You can also fill a stocking with an ice melt product and set it along the edge of your roof to melt the ice and provide a drainage area for snowmelt.
Clean Up Moisture Damage
Once you have eliminated the opportunity for ice dams and moisture damage, be sure you follow up with inspecting for moisture damage. This damage may occur in your attic space along the trusses, within the insulation and roofing deck, or in the wood of the rafters. Your roofer can help inspect for attic damage through a professional inspection service. Then, you can clean up any mold growth and replace damaged structures and materials to restore your roof and attic.
To get started or to learn more, reach out to a local roofing service.