Winter in Minneapolis is filled with enjoyable seasonal activities! Fun can be had downhill skiing at Hyland Hills Ski and Snowboard Area in Bloomington, ice fishing at any of the nearby lakes, learning a new sport like curling at Frogtown Curling Club, or a leisurely drive around the winding roads of Minnesota. These activities can help residents enjoy the wintery cold days, and soak in the beauty of the season.
However, when strong vicious snowstorms pound on the doors of our homes, the brisk air can enter through cracks and crevices making it a tad chilly inside. It is vitally important our homes can sustain the winter season and keep us comfortable for the duration. What should we as residents in the Midwest look out for when the winter season is upon us?
Ice dams are a common winter woe in Minneapolis. They form when snow on the roof melts due to heat escaping from the interior, then refreezes at the eaves, creating a barrier that prevents further melting snow from draining off the roof. This trapped water can seep under shingles, causing leaks and potential damage to the interior of the home.
To prevent ice dams, it’s essential to ensure proper insulation and ventilation in your attic, keeping the roof uniformly cold. Additionally, sealing any gaps or air leaks in the attic can help minimize heat loss. To fix existing ice dams, it’s wise to speak with a professional roofing company, such as Prominent Construction, who can safely remove the ice and address any resulting damage.
Roof Snow Accumulation
Excessive snow on your roof can lead to structural damage and potential leaks as it adds weight to the home. To prevent this, remove the excess snow from your roof. This can be done using a roof rake, a long-handled tool designed for this purpose. Carefully and gently pull the snow off the roof while standing on the ground to avoid potential injury. Be cautious not to damage the roof’s surface in the process. It’s also a good idea to clear snow away from the eaves and gutters to prevent the formation of ice dams.
These lovely displays of ice are a common site in wintery scenes. However, they can cause damage under the surface. These formations can grow large and heavy, posing a hazard to people and property below when they fall. Poor insulation and ventilation in the attic can allow warm air to escape and melt snow on the roof. Properly insulating and ventilating your attic can help maintain a more consistent temperature. If icicles have already formed, it’s advisable to remove them carefully by using a roof rake, and standing clear.
The combination of ice dams, snow accumulation, and the freeze-thaw cycle can easily create a roof leak. It’s crucial to address the root causes by ensuring proper insulation and ventilation. This helps maintain a consistent roof temperature and prevents ice dams and condensation, reducing the risk of leaks. Regular roof maintenance, including checking for damaged or missing shingles, is also essential. If you detect a roof leak, seek advice and professional help from Prominent Construction.
Winter can be a lovely time of year to explore Minneapolis and take in the beauty of the season. Make sure your home is prepared against the cold, snow, and ice to ensure a comfortable abode after a day of adventures. If you need assistance with your residential roof during the winter season, or have questions regarding the integrity of your roof, do not hesitate to ask Prominent Construction for professional guidance. We look forward to helping you!