An indispensable part of any house, the roof isn't something we give much thought to - the subject literally goes over our heads. That is, until something goes wrong. Knowing how the elements affect your roof helps prevent damage and can save you money.
Harsh winters can see a decline in many things, including agricultural profitability, our health, our roads and even our buildings. The relentless impact of continued bad weather eventually causes damage to poorly maintained roofs, but there are things that we can do to prevent these problems from occurring.
Treacherous bouts of snowy weather, especially the kind that settles, leads to the formation of ice dams on the edge of the roof. This happens when snow melts and the water trickles down your roof, later refreezing along the edge, causing a dam. When this builds up, it prevents water running freely off the roof, which leads to leaks and damages within the home.
Guttering is something most of us think takes care of itself. Most of the time it does. But now and again it needs a helping hand. Keeping gutters clean and free from debris isn't a pleasant job, but scooping out leaves, moss and sticks that accumulate clears space for melting snow to flow freely and prevents the build up of ice dams.
You could consider using a gutter guard to save you the nasty job of scooping built up debris from your guttering. This protects your guttering from stray leaves and twigs and saves you clambering up ladders to clear them out.
Loft insulation is something we all know the benefits of. Keeping your attic insulated limits household heat getting lost up there. But loft ventilation is just as important and less well-known. Ventilation keeps attic temperatures cooler, leading to a decrease in snow on your roof melting and refreezing.
Finally, another great tip is to invest in a water-repellent membrane. This helps to minimise the dangers caused by bad weather too. It sits under your roof covering, giving an extra layer of much needed protection.