The Wicked Local – Cambridge website has a December 21, 2013 article that explains the value of house maintenance, particularly during winter. There’s no hiding the fact that winter can be an awfully uncomfortable season due to the cold it brings, and homeowners should ensure that their houses are completely secured to prevent precious heat loss. The article has a couple of tips regarding how householders can oversee their roofing, a part of the home that’s prone to winter-based damage:
- Leaves and branches should be removed from roofs, and especially gutters, twice a year. If this isn’t done, it’s more likely you’ll be seeing ice dams during the next big snowstorm.
- If you have wooden gutters, the flashings should be checked and the gutters oiled once a year.
- Roofing should be examined for signs of wear and cupping annually.
- Penetrations through the roof, including bath and laundry vents, plumbing vents, skylights and chimneys, should be examined as well as the condition of the masonry and cap at the chimney.
- Does the chimney have a spark arrestor/animal screen? If not, make sure you check to see if anything has made its way into the chimney.
Not a lot of people pay close attention to their roofs until they finally leak. This can be a problem during periods when rain is unlikely yet damage to the roof continues, which can happen during the winter. Homeowners should be wary of the effects the cold weather can have on their vulnerable roofing, such as the formation of destructive ice dams. Fortunately, there’s no shortage of contractors, such as AquaDuct Roof & Gutters, who can repair roofing in Colorado Springs.
Ice dams might look benign at first, though homeowners shouldn’t be fooled by the lovely icicles that form along their roofing. The dams formed prevent water from trickling down the roofs, making the liquid freeze and build upon the frost on top of a roof. The freezing problem can be so severe that it can creep under and through roof shingles, causing cracks and leaks when the snow and ice begin to melt.
Solving ice dams involves a two-part process: repairing the roof and correcting attic insulation. The former patches up any cracks and leaks created by the freezing while the latter deals with controlling the attic’s heat, preventing snow from melting and forming into ice dams. Both tasks can be expertly accomplished by experienced contractors that specialize in roofing in Colorado Springs, CO.
(Article Information and Image from COLUMN: Tackling ice dams this winter, wickedlocal.com, January 12, 2014)