With winter here in full swing, you may be wondering what you can do throughout the cold New England months to protect your metal roof. Your roof takes a lot of abuse from Old Man Winter, from ice and snow to wind and sleet. The elements can really take a toll on your roofing and gutter systems. Apart from having your roof regularly inspected by your trusted metal roofing contractor here are some tips on how to protect your roof this winter.
Ensure Proper Ventilation
When you properly ventilate your attic, you can do your part to prevent ice dams from forming. This occurs when water melts on the roof and refreezes along the eaves and inside your gutters. As you can imagine, these ice dams can cause a lot of damage to both components, plus it can lead to leaks inside your attic.
To prevent ice dams, it’s necessary to add sufficient attic ventilation or a rooftop heating system so it can more closely match the temperature of the outdoors. You can also consider adding snow guards which can be installed from rib to rib on your metal roof, breaking up the snow before it has a chance to build up.
The good thing about metal roofs is that in many cases, the snow will slide right off when the sun hits it.
Check Your Attic
Extremely cold temperatures can damage your roof. While metal roofing fares much better than asphalt shingles, which can get brittle and crack, you should still take the time to regularly check your attic for signs of moisture and possible leaks.
High moisture levels in your attic can lead to the growth of mold, which can make your family sick, as well as reduce the effectiveness of insulation.
All metal roofs face something called thermal movement, and it happens year round. That’s because metal naturally expands and contracts when it heats up and then cools down. If your metal roof has exposed fasteners, that movement can loosen the fasteners and pose a risk for leaks.
Preventing Damage to Your Home
In the end, it’s all about being aware of the stresses your home is going through and being prepared to address them. Regular maintenance throughout the rest of the year is key in ensuring your metal roof makes it through winter unscathed. Keep your gutters clog-free from debris, check the state of your roof every so often, and hire a roofer in Hanson every year for roof inspections.
Being a responsible homeowner means taking good care of your metal roof so it can give you as many years of service as possible.
Contact Revered Metal Roofing in Massachusetts
Have you noticed any issues with your metal roof this season? Do you need metal roof installation in Avon MA? From roof repair to maintenance and inspections, we would be happy to give you a Free Quote when you contact us at 781-536-4589 today.
We serve the entire South Shore and lower Cape with quality metal roofing products; standing seam, metal shingle and metal panel roofs in Hanson, Taunton, Marshfield, Quincy, Needham, Medfield, Milton, Wellesley, Hanover, Falmouth and Plymouth.
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