Whenever the winter season comes, many of us only think about the roads. We are more concerned as to how slippery they will get and how much time you have to spend shoveling your driveway. But there are other parts of your home that needs to be considered during the winter season like your roof. Snow and ice can accumulate and its weight can be too much for your roof, which could lead to its collapse. When this happens, you might have to spend thousands of dollars to fix the damages in your home.
Several insurance policies will pay for the decreased cost of your roof. In some cases, the insurance company may also cover the damages that your home has incurred. But during this time, you may have to live someplace else temporarily, may it be in another home or hotel. Those living expenses may also be covered by your insurer. Be sure to get in touch with your insurance company to find out what will be covered.
Ice Dams: What Are They?
When water accumulates and turns to ice, it becomes an obstruction along the edges of your roof. They will cause more damages if these ice dams become bigger. They are usually brought on by leaks in the roof. Rather than leaks from the outdoors, heat that leaks from the interior is the primary reason due to insufficient insulation. Once the heat leaks out, the snow will start to melt and the water will drip down and eventually reaches a certain part of the roof where it will then freeze. The ice dams that are formed will keep on growing as water continues to accumulate. The water is stopped from entering the gutters, which means water will not be directed away from your home’s roof correctly. The damage that it will cause can negatively affect your drywall, electrical work, and other essential parts of your home.
How Can You Prevent Them?
There are things that can be done to prevent ice dams from forming. First of all, you need to make sure that your home’s attic is insulated properly and ventilated well. You should also consider installing a shield on your roof. This will help safeguard your roof and protect it from ice and water accumulation. Don’t forget to clear out your gutters on a regular basis so that the snow that has melted can properly flow. You may also consider purchasing a roof rake or if your budget permits, hire a professional roofing contractor to get rid of the snow in the roof for you.
You should not take on the task of removing the ice dams yourself if they have already accumulated. Never do this on your own if you don’t have the skills or the tools to get the job done right. Apart from that, you might also end up getting injured or damaging your roof. If you notice that ice dams have already built up on your roof, call a professional roofing contractor Myrtle Beach to get rid of them for you and prevent this problem from recurring in the future.
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