About a year ago, I realized that there were a few things that I needed to do around the house to make my place feel more like a home. For starters, I knew that I needed to replace the carpet, since it was damaged from years of use. Unfortunately, I knew that I didn't have the skills to take care of things on my own, so I turned to a team of professional contractors. They were incredible to work with, and even taught me how to create a great construction environment for my team. After the project was done, I knew that I wanted to make a blog about creating a positive construction environment.
When choosing the design for the new roof on your home, it's important to consider the winter climate in your area. If snow is a common winter occurrence, make sure your new roof is made to deal with the white powdery stuff. The following design tips can help.
Tip #1: Consider the pitch
Flat roofs aren't usually recommended in snowy climates since they don't allow snow to slide off. If you must have a flat roof, there will be specific weight and load requirements it must meet per county code. You will need to have a pitched roof if you want snow to slide off. Some counties may also have pitch requirements, depending on the average snow load in the area.
Tip #2: Avoid problem valleys
Valleys in a roof can collect snow and ice, leading to ice dams and potential leaks. When looking at the basic design of the roof, make sure everything is set up in a way so no valleys dead end at a perpendicular pitch. Instead, if you do have valleys on your roof, they should follow through to the eaves so snow and water can easily slide off the roof.
Tip #3: Choose the right materials
Asphalt shingles aren't necessarily the best choice in snowy climates. Water can work its way beneath asphalt shingles, especially near the eaves, and develop into a frozen ice dam. This leads to roof damage and interior leaks. Metal is one of the better choices since snow easily slides off of the roof surface, and the moisture won't cause any damage to the roof, either. Avoid designs with horizontal seams, though, since these will prevent the snow from sliding off of the metal.
Tip #4: Remember the extras
Gutter systems are usually a must in snowy or wet climates. Opt for gutters with a leaf guard over the top. Not only will this keep the gutters cleaner, it will also help snow slide off over the top of the gutters. If you have a steep pitch on your roof, you may also want your roofer to install heat cables near the edge. This melts the snow so that water drips off, preventing heavy sheets of snow from crashing down on anything – or anyone – below. These are often necessary near doorways as an extra safety precaution.
Talk to a roof installation contractor, like CJ Scotti Services, for more tips when it comes to designing the perfect roof for snow country.Share
27 May 2016