Commercial Roofing – Protect Your Roof by Winterizing
We Canadians are a hearty breed, especially in Alberta. We are no strangers to the cold, ice, and snow. If the Farmer’s Almanac is to be believed, the mercury is going to dip well past freezing for the snow season. Everything in your life has to work a little bit harder to function at an optimum level in the winter. From your body to your car and yes, your roof. As a Calgary roofing company, we know that there are some extra steps you need to take to keep your roofing system in tip-top shape.
You take extra steps every winter to ensure that your car is going to be well taken care of, why not do the same for your roof? After all, it is one of the most integral parts of your home and a large investment. Our roofing team has put together some tips to help protect your home and your roof from the severe weather.
Keep it Clean
Get out of the house and make sure that your gutters and downspouts are completely clear of debris. This will allow the water to run freely through the gutters and the downspouts will carry it away from your house. Our Chinooks have a habit of melting the accumulated ice and snow, you definitely want it gone away from your house or it can freeze and damage your foundation. No one wants that!
Trim Your Branches
Big, beautiful trees are a homeowners dream, but they can really do a number on your roof if they aren’t properly trimmed. If a heavy snowfall comes down, branches have been known to break and cause damage to the roof. As a Calgary roofing company we often receive emergency calls about heavy branches breaking the roof. Low hanging branches can also scrape across your shingles and get caught, lifting and buckling the shingles, which will cause you headaches in the future.
Check Your Attic
Contrary to popular belief, not everything involving your roof is taken care of from the outside. Your attic plays an integral role in the well-being of a roofing system. A well-insulated and ventilated attic will prevent a whole host of problems wreaking havoc on your roof – specifically ice dams.
Throughout the day the heat from your home rises and settles in your attic, causing the snow to melt. When the temperatures drop again (as they always do), the snow will freeze again causing a dam of ice to form. Make sure that fans, hatches, and holes are completely sealed and ensure that your attic is properly ventilated to keep the area cool, you won’t have to worry about ice dams forming!
Winterizing your roof should not be a stressful experience – at least, it doesn’t have to be. If you find any roof damage while cleaning your gutters or you just need some advice on the best way to get your home ready for the winter, give our helpful customer care people a call! As your friendly Calgary roofing company, we are always willing to help keep your investment safe.