The winter season puts your roof to the test. Even the most durable and resilient roofing materials are affected by what the cold brings, and it’s easy to put it out of your mind. The last thing you want is to find out that the roof is actually suffering from damage in the middle of the season.
So how does the roof stand against winter’s cruel conditions? M&A Exterior Home Improvement, your local roofing contractor, discusses more.
The cool winter breeze is deceptively strong and it usually carries bits of ice and debris that can potentially strip the protective roofing granules on the shingles. Hail can even puncture the roof, especially if it has existing problems. Fortunately, you can minimize the damage by clearing the snow and debris off the roof, such as branches, twigs and leaves.
On the topic of snow, it’s not exactly a charming fixture when it packs on the roof. On top of the extra weight it exerts on the roof, it can melt and refreeze at the edge when warm air escapes from your home. When the melted snow refreezes on the edges of the roof, it will block the gutters and even loosen the shingles in place. Roof repair will be necessary when this happens.
You can prevent this from happening by clearing the roof of snow. To prevent the snow from melting in the first place, consider adding extra insulation in the attic or top floor to prevent the hot air from escaping through the roof.
The Benefit of Preventive Maintenance
You can minimize the damage winter does to your roof by doing preventive roof maintenance and repair. Not only do you address existing concerns when these are still easier to handle, but you also ensure your home stays as energy-efficient as possible. The roof, after all, is one of the key players in keeping your home comfortable and weathertight as possible during the winter season.
At M&A Exterior Home Improvement, we’ll make sure your home stays safe during winter through our complete residential roofing services. Call (757) 779-5244 to learn more about our services. We are a local roofing contractor serving homeowners throughout Virgin Beach, VA.