Winter is fast approaching. As you make the necessary (or last-minute) preparation for the coming season, it’s important to remember to prepare your home, especially your metal roof. Today’s article from roof install company M&A Roof Home Improvement shares tips on preventing ice dams from forming on your roofing system.
Even roofing materials such as metal which is designed to shed snow are no match for ice dams when insulation is inadequate. Investing in proper roofing and attic insulation ensures that your roof maintains a temperature that won’t melt the snow that has accumulated on the roof. This eliminates or reduces the likelihood of ice dams formed due to the freeze-thaw cycle.
Keep Gutters Clean
Gutter cleaning should be done right before the frost sets in to ensure that any water gets drained and doesn’t freeze over.
Invest in Ice Dam Prevention Products
Heating cables can be installed at the eaves of your metal roof so that the snow melts. Just make sure to switch the power off before the cables burn out.
Special Roof Coating
Special coating can be applied on metal roofs to make sure that the ice and snow slides off the roof. This way you can eliminate the possibility of ice dams forming in the first place.
It’s important to note that raking ice and snow off your roof can be dangerous. If you must manually remove snow from your roof, however, make sure that you are safe when doing so. Keep in mind that the best way to prevent ice dams from forming on your roof is to choose the right material and keep your attic well-insulated.
It’s also a good idea to work with a trusted roofer to address your roofing needs. M&A Exterior Home Improvement is a roofing and siding company that has been trusted in the industry for years. Call us today at (757) 779-5244 for a free quote. We serve Williamsburg, VA.