NC)—Winter can be tough on many parts of a home. Whether it's snow, ice or rain, our windows, porches and driveways take a beating. However, homeowners need to look up as their roof is one of their property's most vulnerable areas.
No matter what material makes up your roof, snow and ice can cause severe and expensive damage. If left untended, the result could be water damage that trickles inside house as well – not necessarily the late-winter gift that you were looking to take home.
“Canadians are always clearing their driveways or scraping their windshields after the snow or ice, but the roof is out of sight so it can get overlooked,” said Wayne Ross, insurance expert at Aviva Canada. “By taking steps to check and care for your roof during the season, you can help avoid a leakage and extend the life of your roof at the same time.”
Ross recommends these tips to check and clear off your roof:
• Hire a professional snow removal company: If your roof is particularly high, it is much safer to hire a professional snow removal services to remove the snow from your roof.
• Use binoculars: Try to see your roof's condition by using binoculars – in most cases, you can see everything you need without having to get on top.
• Rake it up: Use a rake to force built-up snow onto the ground.
• Do Warm-Weather Installations: Consider installing radiant heat in the warmer months to keep your roof temperature above freezing. You can also install an ice barrier, used mostly on metal roofs, to prevent snow from sticking.
When taking these steps, your roof will exit this year's winter season with strength for many seasons to come. More information is available from your insurance broker or online at avivacanada.com.