Many homeowners will struggle with snow this winter, and not only on their driveways. In the snowiest parts of the country homeowners’ top priority this winter is to prevent roof damage from snow. Snow accumulation on roofs is an often forgotten trouble, and a big risk, for homeowners. In order to prevent roof damage, snow needs to be removed, or melted. When you prevent roof damage from the snow, you are also saving your attic, walls and ceilings of your home. Attempts of removing snow from the roof has injured homeowners, this is a job best kept for your roofing company. Many roofing company services, Cox Roofing included, offer snow and ice removal for homes and even commercial properties.
Prevent Roof Damage
The warming of the home causes roof damage from snow. “Water from ice melting on the roof is trapped and creates an ice dam on the roof, gutters and downspouts. The water then takes the path of least resistance under the roof system, or sideways and through flashings, which were not designed for to handle this kind of moisture. When this happens, interior water damage can occur.” Some homeowners try and prevent roof damage by shoveling their roofs with a regular snow shovel. This method should be avoided, as it likely will damage your roofing shingles. Damage to the roofing shingles leads to leaks and costly repairs. Another method used to prevent roof damage is applying rock salt to the roof. This will also cause damage, and both of these methods could void your roofing warranty.
Gutters in Winter
More often than not, roofing contracts see damage to the gutters in the winter as well. When homeowners do not take time to get their gutters cleaned before the cold weather hits, they become clogged and ice chunks form. Unfortunately, there is no way to effectively remove snow and ice from your gutters yourself. This is always a job for your roofing contractor. If you are working with a flat roof on your home, drains and downspouts often get blocked by ice, resulting in water overflow and damage to your roof. Prevent roof damage by ensuring your spouts and gutters are always cleared right before winter. If it is too late, get in touch with your roofing contractor and they will take care of the problem for you without causing damage to your roof.
If you notice that your roof is covered in heavy snow, or are experiencing leaks in your roof or on your ceilings, get in touch with Cox Roofing. Our expert team of roofers will be sent out to your home to remedy the problem. We will remove snow to further prevent roof damage and help get your roof back in top shape.
Cox Roofing is a full-service, certified roofing contractor providing residential and commercial roofing services to the state of Maryland, with particular focus on Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Harford County and Howard County. We pride ourselves on our personalized service which transforms your property into the residence or business of your dreams. Get in touch for your free estimate today.