How To Protect A Roof

Understanding how to protect a roof is an important skill in rainy and snowy climates. Knowing how to remove the buildup of ice on the lowest part of your roofing before they cause serious damage. Winterizing can prevent such ice dams and keep costly residential roof repair to a minimum.

“The bottom line is that a little money spent now can amount to a lot of money saved later. It can add years upon years to roofs, increase the value of a home, and provide piece of mind. Since a home is your most valuable investment, why not take every step possible to protect your investment.”

Basics Of How To Protect A Roof

Winterizing can be an easy and simple process. There are many roofing companies out there that sell winterizing materials. Usually the process is as easy as applying some sort of rubber membrane. This easy to apply membrane can prevent the dangerous ice dams. This can prevent repairs due to ice damage.


Protect A Roof In Winter

The concept is simple; by applying a rubber membrane between the plywood and the shingles, your roofing will keep a steady temperature during the winter. This in itself will prevent ice dams. Since roofs are kept at a consistence temperature, snow does not pile up on your roof. This is due to the fact that most membranes are self heating from the sun’s rays. This allows the membrane to melt snow that accumulated on your roofing. Thus preventing ice dams and other dangerous build up of snow and ice.

Benefits To Taking This Step

Avoid Ice Dams
Ice dams are caused when the warmth of roofs causes snow on the top of the peak to melt and run down the roof. Once this warm water hits the freezing temperatures of the outer lip it freezes. This causes a buildup of ice. While this build up of ice can cause structural damage, it is not the most harmful aspect of an ice dam. Once an ice dam forms it can force the warmer water to drain underneath it, forcing the water through the roofing and into your home.

Heat Savings
Winterizing can go a long way to help save on your monthly heating bills. While insulation is the biggest money saver when it comes to home heat, winterizing can also add on to those savings. It can lead to better heat entrapment, with means less money to heat your home. While it may not be a huge money saver, it an go a long way to help reduce your home heating bills. Learn more about energy efficient roofing.

Roof Lifespan
One of the greatest savings to you is the increase in the roof’s lifespan. By preventing ice dams, and therefore leaks, winterizing can add years upon years to your roofing. Since roof replacement cost can be very expensive, it is important that you take every step you can to preserve your roof.

Factors That Determin If This Is Needed

Climate
It goes without saying that this process is necessary for snowier climates. If your home is in a area that does not receive much snow, then it is a null point. If you live in a very snowy climate, winterizing is a no brainer. Those who live in a medium climate, where it snow but not that often you need to weigh the pros and cons to determine whether or not it is a smart move. The other factor you must look at is your budget.

Cost
While the process in new home construction can be relatively cheap, it gets more expensive when you need to replace your current roofing. If your home is due for replacement, it may be the best time to get it winterized as well. If you can afford the cost of replacement or are currently in need of new roofing, it is easy to winterize. You must also realize that the extra cost can be offset by the fact that your roof will last through more winters then without being winterized.

Time
Finally you must think about whether or not you have enough time. Construction takes time to complete. If you and your family are OK with the 2-3 days it will take to remove the old and install the new top with winterized material it is definitely worth it.