Winter can be long and tedious when it comes to home maintenance. For one thing, it’s hard to do any repairs under wet and snowy conditions. But, another, perhaps more insidious problem is that many winter roofing problems are often overlooked. Here are just four:
Accumulated snow on your roof. Especially late in the winter when snow turns to rain, the heavy snow that is left can absorb rainfall. What this means for your roof is extra weight – a lot of it. While it is possible to estimate the weight of snow on your roof based on feet of accumulated snow, this equation becomes much more difficult when the snow is wet and holding moisture. Not just can this lead to structural damage, it can also be dangerous as rafters and roof supports can break due to the excess weight. So what is the best way to avoid this? Remove snow from your roof as soon as possible, and even sooner if it begins to rain on top of the accumulated snow.
Plumbing vents that are too short. When plumbing vents are too short, and there is a large snowstorm they can easily become blocked which means – you guessed it – sewer backups. So how do you avoid this? Check your plumbing vents periodically, and particularly right after a storm to make sure they remain clear even after a large amount of snow has fallen.
Cracked or broken shingles. As a general rule of thumb, the older the roof, the less it should be walked on. And for an older roof, the risk of cracking shingles increases dramatically when they are cold. So what is a better course of action? If you have an older roof, inspect it before winter, and don’t be caught having to walk on it in the cold.
Leaking skylights. Skylights are already prone to leak as they represent another seam in your roof. However, if they are not properly sealed and flashed – and covered in deep snow – the risk of leaking increases ten-fold. So if you have skylights, inspect them before winter and re-seal and re-flash them if necessary before they are covered in snow.
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