There’s no better view than that of snow-covered peeks in an Ottawa neighbourhood during the month of December. While stockings are hung with care inside, glistening holiday lights flicker along eavestroughs and roof tops leading the way for old Saint Nick. Although icicles and snowy roofs are part of the annual holiday cheer, they can certainly cause some home maintenance issues. These Ottawa roofer-approved ice and snow tips will make maintaining and decorating your home this holiday season safe and easy.
If you’re planning on hanging lights for the holidays, there are a few things to consider before you start. Inspect your home’s eavestroughs to insure there are no cracked or damaged pieces. Winter brings on harsh and heavy weather which is why Ottawa roofers suggest cleaning and inspecting your eavestroughs biannually. If you are unable to do it yourself, many local roofers offer free inspections and estimates on roofing jobs.
Not only does hanging lights add an extra bit of weight on top of already existing ice and snow, it can lead to unexpected damages to your home when your roof isn’t attended to properly. You should replace any broken pieces or consult a roofer for advice and you’ll be decking the halls in no time.
Though icicles are very complimentary to holiday lights and decorations, they can be a sign of a poorly insulated home. While warm air from your home escapes into the attic, it causes snow from your rooftop to melt and trickle down to the cool edges where it refreezes into long pointy icicles. A team of Ottawa roofers can inspect your home and create a more secure and insulated attic that will not only keep your house warmer during the frigid winter months, but save you a couple extra dollars for holidays gifts too.
If placing a giant lit-up snowman onto your roof is part of your holiday decorating traditions, you may want to reconsider. Not only does snow accumulation create extra stress and weight on your house, it can also create ice dams which are much heavier and harder to remove. Whether you do it yourself or hire professional roofers, removing snow with a shovel or rake can help with the longevity of your roof as well as prevent any ice build-up or leaks. It’s suggested by many Ottawa roofers to remove snow after every 6 inches of build-up.
If ice is a reoccurring issue you have with your home, do not try to remove it yourself. Roofers are highly trained professionals in this field and can examine the cause of the ice and suggest ways on how to fix it. Also, avoid using salt on your roof, like you would on a walk-way or path, instead consult with a professional team that can remove it without damaging your home.