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Protecting Your Roof & Home In Winter

As the winter chill settles in Eastern Ontario, homeowners need to be proactive in safeguarding their roofs against the harsh impact of snow and ice.

Our team at Clean Comfort Home Improvements, your trusted partner in home roofing solutions in Kingston and Eastern Ontario, has insights on how snow and ice can affect different roof types and wants to provide you with practical tips on preventing & addressing common winter roofing issues. Additionally, we'll guide you through the essential steps to take in case of a winter roofing emergency, offering temporary solutions until our professional team arrives to ensure a permanent solution.

The Impact of Snow and Ice on Roofs:

Snow and ice may evoke a picturesque winter scene, but they pose significant challenges to your roof. The weight of accumulated snow can lead to structural stress, while ice dams, formed by thawing and refreezing, can cause water to seep beneath roof shingles, leading to leaks and water damage.

Effect on Different Roof Types: Different roofing materials respond uniquely to snow and ice. For instance:

  • Asphalt Shingles: Prone to damage from ice dams and heavy snow loads.

  • Metal Roofs: May shed snow more effectively but can still be susceptible to ice damming.

  • Flat Roofs: Accumulated snow and ice may cause ponding, increasing the risk of leaks.

Preventive Measures:

  • Proactive Inspections: Our team can provide roof inspections before and during winter to identify and address potential issues. 

  • Proper Insulation: Ensure adequate attic insulation to prevent heat loss and minimize ice dam formation.

  • Gutter Maintenance: Clean gutters and downspouts to facilitate proper water drainage.

  • Snow Removal: Safely remove excess snow using a roof rake or hire professionals for larger jobs.

Emergency Roof Repairs in Winter:

In the event of a winter roofing emergency, homeowners can take the following steps:

  • Assess the Situation: Safely inspect your roof from the ground to identify visible issues.

  • Interior Inspection: Check for water stains on ceilings and walls, indicating potential leaks.

  • Clear Snow Safely: If safe, use a roof rake to clear excess snow, avoiding ice dam damage.

While awaiting professional assistance from Clean Comfort Home Improvements, consider these temporary measures:

  • Tarping: Cover damaged areas with a waterproof tarp to prevent further water infiltration.

  • Interior Protection: Place buckets or containers to catch leaks and protect interior spaces.

  • Safety First: Avoid climbing onto the roof or attempting repairs without professional guidance.

Winter may present challenges, but with proactive measures and timely responses, homeowners in Kingston and Eastern Ontario can protect their roofs from the impact of snow and ice. 

Clean Comfort Home Improvements is committed to ensuring your home remains safe and comfortable throughout the winter season. For comprehensive roofing solutions and emergency repairs, trust the expertise of our dedicated team.

Contact Clean Comfort Home Improvements today to schedule your winter roof inspection or if you have an emergency, and ensure a secure and cozy home environment this Winter.

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