With winter quickly approaching, you need to have a plan in place to protect your roof against the accumulation of ice that can occur during the winter months. Fluctuating temperatures can cause snow to melt and then freeze on the surface of your roof. Ice dams that form can cause serious damage to the structural integrity of your roof.
Removing ice effectively throughout the winter is the only way to protect your home against ice damage in the future.
1. Install heat cables.
If you live in an area where temperatures frequently drop below freezing, it can be beneficial to have a roofing contractor install heat cables on the surface of your roof. Heat cables are designed to maintain drainage channels for any moisture on your roof by heating certain areas.
Ice dams will not form when adequate drainage exists, making heat cables a useful tool in preventing serious ice damage from compromising the quality of your roof. Heat cables are typically electric, and they can be installed directly to the exposed surface of your roof for protection throughout the winter months.
2. Use de-icing chemicals.
Another solution that can help prevent a buildup of ice on your roof's surface is the use of de-icing chemicals. These chemicals can be used after ice has already formed on the surface of your roof. A roofing contractor can spread a thick layer of de-icing chemicals over ice patches. The chemicals will cause the ice to melt, allowing your roof to drain properly.
Once all ice has been removed by a de-icing chemical, you can install heat cables to prevent ice buildup in the future. Experienced roofing contractors will be able to determine which de-icing chemicals are strong enough to eliminate ice from your roof without causing any of your roofing materials to corrode.
3. Use a snow rake.
Snow that piles up on the surface of your home's roof can contribute to the formation of ice. Any snow present on your roof will melt when temperatures rise during the day. Melting snow will trickle down toward your rain gutters, then freeze when outdoor temperatures begin to fall after the sun sets.
A snow rake can help you eliminate any ice caused by snow accumulation on your roof. Snow rakes are designed specifically for use on roofing surfaces, so you won't have to worry about damaging your home. You can use a snow rake to scrape the snow off your roof in an effort to eliminate ice this winter.
For more information on roofing, contact a company like National Roofing Of Collier Inc.