The weather has been very erratic over the last few weeks. We have gone from freezing temperatures, ice, and snow, to 60 and even 70 degree weather and sunny skies. This has not exactly been your typical winter weather here in Baltimore, Maryland. Although the ever-fluctuating temperature may not seem like a problem, it has led to the constant freezing, thawing, and refreezing of snow and ice on your roof, which could lead to a serious condition known as ice damming. This is even more of a possibility if your roof has not been properly maintained.
Winter Roof Maintenance Tips:
Avoiding Ice Dams
- Gutter Maintenance: First and foremost, ensure that your gutters are clear. If they are clogged, water will not be able to properly flow off your roof. This will cause water to collect at the roof’s edge, putting your home at a greater risk of ice damming.
- Attic Insulation: If your roof is too hot, it could cause snow to melt, before refreezing at the roof’s edge. To help prevent this, we recommend your attic be insulated to an R-value in the R-49 to R-60 range.
- Ventilation: Ensure that none of your home’s exhaust vents travel through your roof soffits.
- Garner Roofing: Your Baltimore Roof Repair Specialists
If you are experiencing a roof leak as the result of an ice dam or other roofing problem, give the roof repair specialists at Garner Roofing a call today. We specialize in Leak Investigation & Repair. Our systemized approach to leak investigation and repair has allowed Garner Roofing to maintain a high first call success ratio. The factory trained and ShingleMaster Certified technicians at Garner Roofing have the experience and knowledge to diagnose and repair even the most stubborn roof leaks as quickly and cost effectively as possible.