How to Protect Your Garage’s Roof During the Winter
In DuPage County and the Chicago area, everyone expects the winters to be cold, but people may not always be fully prepared when the temperature begins to drop. Along with getting snow gear out of storage, making sure shovels and snow blowers are easy to access, and stocking up on salt, homeowners will also want to make sure they are taking the right steps to avoid any damage to their garage and their home during winter storms and cold weather. One key issue to be aware of is how to protect a garage roof from damage due to snow and ice.
Addressing Snow Buildup
Snow can be very heavy, placing a great deal of pressure on the roof of a garage. Light snow may weigh around five to 20 pounds per square foot, but heavy, packed snow can weigh up to 40 pounds per square foot. To prevent damage to the structure of a garage, it is a good idea to clear large amounts of snow from the roof. This can often be done with a ladder and a rake, and it will provide a homeowner with peace of mind that they will be able to avoid a roof collapse or other forms of damage.
It is also a good idea to check for leaks, since snow buildup will provide a constant source of water that may enter a garage and cause damage to the roof supports, the ceiling and walls, and items that are stored inside. Identifying and repairing leaks before snow begins to fall can help prevent this type of damage.
Preventing Ice Dams
Ice can be another problem that affects a garage roof, and in some cases, it may build up in a blocked gutter or other sections of the roof. This can block the flow of water, leading to leaks and other types of damage. In many cases, ice dams can be prevented by cleaning gutters and ensuring that water can drain correctly. Installing heat tape on gutters or other parts of the roof is another good way to keep ice from forming.
Proper insulation and ventilation are also important factors in preventing ice dams. Insulation around a garage’s roof can maintain the proper temperature. Ventilation in a garage’s attic can also prevent the buildup of moisture and damage to the garage’s interior.
Contact Our DuPage County Garage Roofing Professionals
To make sure your garage is fully prepared for winter, Blue Sky Builders can advise you on the best steps to take to address snow and ice. If you need to repair leaks or correct any issues that may lead to ice dams or other problems, we can make sure this work will be completed quickly and effectively. To speak to our Downers Grove garage roof repair experts, contact us today at 630-852-8485.