3 Ways to Avoid Roof Damage from Snow and Ice

It is a sunny afternoon in July, and you are sitting on your freshly stained deck, looking around at your perfectly manicured lawn and sipping on a delicious adult beverage. You’ve just finished a weekend of planting expensive ornamental shrubs and your kids are playing on a brand new swing set. You got a couple of blisters from that one, but as you look around…you are the king of your castle. You are finished with your outdoor chores and ready to relax and take it all in. Little do you know, however, that potential danger lurks above. No…I’m not talking about that pigeon on the telephone line or the sun that already has you burnt to a nice shade of crimson (your wife warned you to wear sunscreen). No sir, I’m talking about your roof.

Yes, that beautiful new roof that cost as much as that new boat you are now waiting until next year to buy. The one that all of your neighbors compliment you on while you retrieve the morning paper! It’s new, it’s shiny, it’s modern….and in a few short months it could be a bigger headache than your oldest daughter’s boyfriend Greg. (We don’t like him either!) I hate to remind you, but as much as you are trying to ignore it…winter is only 5 months away. That hefty investment, on your home, can have serious negative consequences if you don’t act now. Yes you can finish your beer, but then we need to talk about 3 ways to help prevent snow and ice damage.

First thing’s first. Vent pipes. You have several and they are going to be damaged by snow and ice unless you purchase protection for them. We would recommend the VentSaver product. Available in a 3 sizes and able to be mounted to either standard agricultural panels or standing seam roofs (with the use of the Standing Seam Plate) these products will help divert snow and ice around your vents or chimney with ease, saving you from costly repairs and structure-damaging roof leaks.  They also provide the benefit of additional structural support.

Next on the agenda are snow guards. These often overlooked products can be used to either keep snow and ice on your roof until it melts or can allow the snow and ice to shed, but in smaller and less dangerous pieces. There is a variety on the market and your first step, before purchasing, should be to do some research. Different roofing styles and finishes can greatly impact the types of guards that will be necessary for your roof and also their proper layout. Make sure that you receive a layout from the manufacturer. Don’t get sucked into an argument with that contractor “who’s been in the business for 30 years and knows what they are doing”. The manufacturer’s warranty will often, if not always, be based on their own recommended layout.

The third preventative measure that you should take actually has a major impact on your roof right now. While you guzzle down that growler from your local brewery, your gutters are filling up with debris from trees, wind, and that pigeon we told you about earlier.  Clogged gutters can cause multiple issues for your home including, but limited to: foundation damage from moisture collection, damage to fascia boards, and damage to those plants your wife made you plant, that you might just be allergic to. Issues like these only get much worse in the winter. Ice dams can form pools of water and allow it to seep into your walls and overflowing water/ice can land on walkways below causing a safety hazard. A simple solution for this problem is the use of a leaf guard system. We suggest our Leafblox product. Simple and fast installation of this product will allow water from rain and/or melting snow and ice to drain easily while repelling debris.

Look, we get it, you had a long day and deserve a break. After you tuck the little ones in and make sure the oldest didn’t sneak out of her bedroom window, settle in for the night and hop back onto www.Snojax.com to place your order. Use www.coupon.SpacingTool.com for a free layout and 5% off of your snow guard purchase. You’d rather be installing protection in shorts and a tank top than fixing roof leaks in a snow suit.

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