You may want to consider how your design might help with the cold if you’re getting a reroofing just in time for the winter. There are some things you can do to help your home stay warm even in the coldest months of the year. Ask your roofing contractor about the following design options, and find out how they can help you.
Consider Metal Roofing
Not every contractor provides metal roofs, but if you have the option to go for one, consider it. Metal is one of the most durable materials available, and that’s one thing you’re looking for during the winter. It won’t easily spring a leak, with proper installation and maintenance. And the best part is that it easily sheds snow.
What about if it gets damaged through the season? Metal roofs are also cheaper and easier to repair overall, which makes damage easier to deal with after the season is over.
Holes Are a Serious Concern
It should be said that holes in your roof are bad no matter the season. But it can be especially troublesome during the winter. That’s because ice and snow can seep through these holes and accumulate between your roof and decking. If the weather gets warm enough, the ice will melt, turning into standing water that could lead to leaks. Have your roof repair specialists check your roof for any holes before the cold starts to hit your home.
But what about openings that were intentionally left in the roof? If you’re planning on adding a new feature to your roof, such as a skylight, a chimney or even vents that are exposed up top, you need to be aware that these are still holes on your roof. Talk to your roofing contractor on how to mitigate any issues brought about by the addition of these features, and plan your way around these carefully.
Ensure Proper Shedding
Your gutter installation will be an important feature of your roof during the winter, since you want to properly shed the water away from your roof and walls as efficiently as possible. But the shape of your roof also comes into play here. A roof that can shed snow and water easily–like a gabled roof or even anything with a medium to high slope–is the most efficient roof design you can get for easy shedding. Make sure your gutter system can handle whatever amount of water or melted snow your roof sheds.
Here at Pechacek’s General Contracting, LLC, we provide our community with quality roofing and exterior services for the winter, and throughout the year. But don’t take our word for it. Give us a call at (715) 502-2006, or fill out our contact form. We serve Hudson and River Falls, WI, and the surrounding areas.