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Seasonal Maintenance: Winter

Winter is setting in and it is important to know how the snow and ice can affect your home. Check out these helpful tips to in our seasonal maintenance guide for winter.

 

Insulation and Ventilation

Insulation & Ventilation: Proper insulation and ventilation of your attic will keep heat inside of your home, allowing you to save money on heating costs and prevent ice dams from forming on your roof.

 

What is an ice dam?

Ice Dams: What is an ice dam? An ice dam is a layer of ice that forms at the edge of a roof. Water from melting snow can back up behind the ice dam and leak into your home.

 

Winter Weight: Multiple winter storms can leave a mix of snow and ice piled on your roof. How can you tell when the weight on your roof is in the danger zone?
Use the chart below for a quick reference:

How Much Snow is Too Much? This chart shows the amount of snow and ice that equals 5 lbs. per square foot. Your roof should be able to support 20 lbs. per sure foot of roof space. Fresh snow: 10 to 12 inches. Packed snow: 3 to 5 inches. Ice: 1 inch.

 

For information on how to prevent ice dams, visit:
www.disastersafety.org/ibhs-risks-freezing-weather/preventing-ice-dams-on-homes

For information on winter weight, visit:
www.disastersafety.org/ibhs-risks-freezing-weather/prevent-roof-collapse-homes