With the freezing weather and snowy conditions in Utah, keeping your roof in good condition will require a little bit of extra work. Snow and ice can cause holes, scratches, and dents, and even lead to roof collapse. It is important to de-ice your roof as soon as possible to protect your roofing material and your gutters. Lifetime Roofing wants to share some tips on how to de-ice your roof for this winter and in the future. The sooner you de-ice your roof, the safer your home will be.
1- Use A Snow Rake
Many tools exist on the market to help homeowners remove snow from their roofs safely. A roof snow rake can help you move the snow down your roof without having to climb on a ladder. Roof rakes often extend multiple feet to help you reach higher parts of your home easily. Even just grabbing the snow and moving it off the bottom of your roof will help the remaining snow to slide down to where you can reach it.
2- Chip Away At The Ice Using An Ice Pick
If your home has an ice dam after a storm, using an ice pick will help to break up build-up inside smaller areas or inside the gutters. Using an ice pick to de-ice your roof requires extra care and precision though in order to prevent further damage to your roof or harm to yourself.
3- Apply Ice Melting Products
Similar to melting snow on walkways and driveways, homeowners or business owners can use ice melting products to melt the ice and turn it into a liquid. Using these ice melters will help to de-ice your roof in a much safer way than climbing around your roof. Sprinkle the product evenly over the affected area.
Maintaining your roof will also require you to limit the number of chemicals that you apply to your roof materials. Using de-icers can lead to mature deterioration of roofing materials.
4- Fan The Attic Area
Improper attic ventilation can lead to ice build-up. Ice dams can start leaks inside your roof and will need to be stopped before too much moisture gets into common places in your home. Placing a fan in your attic will help direct the water toward your gutters. Make sure that the fan is pointed directly at the ice dams before turning it on.
5- Spray Warm Water Directly On The Ice
This tip is only a temporary solution for ice dams but can help melt large quantities of ice. Put warm water in a spray bottle and spray it directly on the ice until it melts. Melting the ice dams will help to run off into your gutter correctly. Use hot water carefully to prevent injury and unnecessary burns.
6- Install A Heat Cable
Applying a heat cable will need to be done during better weather to help melt the ice and snow as it falls. Heat cables can be attached directly to your roofing material or around solar panels and can be turned on without even leaving your home to face the outside winter conditions. Heat cables can be turned on electronically and start draining the moisture from your roof in a matter of minutes.
Roof Maintenance With Lifetime Roofing
We are a full service roofing company in North Salt Lake, that looks to improve homes in the Northern Utah area. Our qualified technicians have the knowledge to apply quality roofing materials and maintain the life of your roof. Living in your home needs to be safe and comfortable. Having a quality roof will prevent leaks, uncomfortable home temperatures, and prevent mold growth inside your home.
Complete and total customer satisfaction is important to us. Not only are we upfront with our pricing, but we also offer warranties because we stand behind the quality of our work. Contact Lifetime Roofing to improve the function of your home today.
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