The winter season can be a great time for your business, especially if you have a retail store where families want to enjoy shopping for the holiday. Unfortunately, your business property takes quite a beating during the winter, especially your roof. Ice damage is a definite risk when the temperatures drop, especially with the ice dams. Here are some tips for preventing ice damage to your roof.
Keep Your Gutters Clean
It is always a good idea to keep your gutters clean, but especially during the winter. Ice dams often occur because the gutters are filled with debris, leaves, and twigs. Snow on the roof melts, which then causes the water to drip down the roof and into the gutters. If the gutters were clean, the water would simply go down the gutters and downspouts. However, if gutters are filled with leaves and other debris, the water pools there, where it can re-freeze and lead to ice dams. Make sure during the winter, you are cleaning your gutters regularly to be sure they are clear.
Improve Your Insulation
The reason improving your insulation helps to prevent ice damage is because ice dams often occur as the result of the roof getting too hot. If your building's insulation isn't up to par, it might get too warm and escape onto the roof. This warmth can cause snow on the roof to melt, which then creates the risk of ice dams forming in the gutters or at the roof's edge. Have the insulation system in your property inspected to see if it can be improved.
Shovel Snow Off Your Roof
Also be sure to shovel snow off your roof as often as you can, especially after a big snowstorm. The more snow you have, the more likely it is to melt and cause ice dams. To remove snow, a roof rake or roof shovel are your best bet. Just be sure you are extra careful when doing this, making sure you have somewhere sturdy to stand and that you don't damage the roof. Some snow rakes have long handles so you can stand in one spot and access a good amount of the roof. This helps you find an area with little snow that lets you stand safely. Then you don't need to move around too much and risk injury.
If you notice any damage to your roof from ice dams or other types of damage, contact a roofing contractor (such as one from Davis and Son Roofing) right away.