East Coast winters can bring a lot of ice and several feet of snow to the region every year. While some people take the time to winterize their vehicles or windows, they don't realize that they also need to winterize their roofs. Though there are a few things that they can do on their own, they will want to call experienced Essex County roofers to fully winterize their roofs.
The first step to winterizing a roof is the clearing out of the gutters and the roof itself. Anything from leaves to old plastic bags trapped in the gutters can lead to icicles forming that will tear down shingles and the gutters. Roofers should also take the time to look for any trees or plants that touch the roof or hang over the roof. Removing or cutting back those trees is a great way to keep the limbs and leaves from scraping across the roof all winter long.
Roofers will need to examine all vents and entrances to the attic or home from the roof. They can use a closure strip to seal that area and keep vermin from hibernating inside the house. Some may use caulk instead of these strips because caulk dries quickly and does not require any screws or additional hardware to install.
The roofers from All Professional Remodeling of Essex County NJ can assist you with any questions regarding roofing, siding or skylights.
Caulk is also strong enough to use directly on shingles. If there are any shingles peeling up from the roof or shingles falling off, roofers can apply a small amount of caulk to secure the shingles back against the roof.
Contractors may also help homeowners protect their roofs from ice dams and the damage caused by them. An ice dam can form any time that the temperature rises and then drops suddenly because that temperature change allows ice to melt and then freeze in a new spot. They may recommend adding more insulation inside the attic or along the walls and ceiling to keep the upper portions of the home at a higher temperature.
Another solution to preventing ice dams is the use of heat cables or heating cables. These cables look like ordinary extension cords and can plug into any outdoor outlet, but the cables actually warm up when plugged in and produce a lot of warm air. That warm air keeps the roof at a higher temperature and keeps ice and snow from building up. Heating cables come in a number of different lengths to fit most roofs.