Wisconsin Homeowner's Guide to Winter Roof Care
The worst of the winter weather is on its way to Wisconsin. To avoid major roof problems because of snow and winter storms, it’s important to take a proactive approach to roof care. You can do many things to ensure your roof survives this winter, which can help you avoid costly repairs down the road.
Isthmus Roofing can show you how to care for your roof this winter, and we’ll be on standby for your roofing needs.
Managing Ice Dams on Your Wisconsin Roof
Ice dams can cause serious damage to your roof and your home if they get bad enough. An ice dam is a barrier of ice that forms at the edge of your roof and clogs your gutters. It forms when heat escapes through your roof or the sun melts the snow on your roof, and it accumulates at the edge and refreezes.
This backup of melted snow and ice can cause leaks, damage gutters, and damage your siding. If the ice dam breaks and falls off your roof, it can cause more damage to you or your home.
Isthmus Roofing does not advise homeowners to try and remove an ice dam on their own. Hiring a professional is a much safer option, as they have the tools and expertise to remove the ice dam without damaging your roof.
Remove Excess Snow
When your Wisconsin home gets hit by a blizzard, you may have excess snow accumulate on your roof. The heavy snow can cause leaks and other structural damage to your roof. If done carefully, a roof rake can remove snow from your roof. However, if you want to perform this yourself, make sure you follow important safety precautions.
Never put your ladder on a snowy, icy, or uneven surface, and always have a buddy holding your ladder steady.
Watch for Leaks and Other Damage
During the winter months, watching for leaks in your home is vital. Snow, rain, wind, and other winter storm weather can attack your roof.
Some telltale signs of roof leaks include:
- Water spots on your ceiling or walls
- Missing shingles
- Cracked or damaged shingles
- Mold and mildew growth inside the home
- Audible dripping sounds
- Puddles of water inside the home
If you notice any of these signs, call Isthmus Roofing immediately. Our expert technicians will come to your home and repair the leaks, so you don’t experience further roof damage.
Schedule a Roof Inspection
Before the weather turns, you can always schedule a roofing inspection. An inspection is a great way to find potential leaks and other damage before the problems worsen. An Isthmus Roofing technician can come to your home, check the roof and attic, and provide recommendations for repairs before the first snowfall.
After the inspection, you can schedule the recommended repairs and have peace of mind that your roof will make it through another winter.
Call Isthmus Roofing to Protect Your Wisconsin Roof
Be prepared for winter this year. If your roof is older and needs replacement or if you’re worried about potential damage, you can count on Isthmus Roofing to care for you and your roof.
Call us today at 608-949-0553 or send us a message on our website.