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Snowy roof – McDonald & WetleIce buildup can cause severe damage to your roofing. As accumulated snow begins to melt and refreezes in the evening, ice dams and icicles can form, preventing the melted water from draining off your roof. Here’s how to prevent winter damage on your roof this cold season.

Heated Cables

If your commercial structure with sloped roofing is prone to ice buildup, heated cables can help combat ice dams, which can lift shingles and cause leaks. Before the cold season hits, have these cables installed in a zigzag pattern along your eaves to balance the temperature of your roofing. Alternatively, for flat roofing, you can install heated cables around roof drains to provide a clear drainage path.

Utilize a Roof Rake

If you’re short on time or didn’t install heated cables prior to bad weather hitting, a quick fix is to use a long-handled roof rake. While standing on the ground, you’ll be able to pull off snow, changing the temperature of your roof while reducing the risk of damage to your shingles. If your commercial building has a flat or low-sloped roof, remove snow with a heavy push broom, and make sure your drains are clear from ice.

Get to the Root of the Problem

Oftentimes, ice dams are the result of poor insulation or ventilation. By sealing off air leaks, you can help your roof remain at a consistent temperature, which will aid in the prevention of roof-damaging ice dams and icicles.

Contact an Expert

If you have snow and ice melt around your roof drains that are causing ice dams and icicles, consult with the professionals at McDonald & Wetle for roofing repair and maintenance solutions. Contact our Lakewood, WA office or our Portland, OR office today.