Make the ‘rain rain go away’ with proper roof drainage

It’s your roof and your rules, so make sure your roof rules out leaks, ice dams and critters by ensuring proper roof drainage.

The roof is more than just a protective covering; it’s a crucial component of your home’s structural integrity. Proper maintenance of roof drainage and addressing issues like ice damming can prevent costly repairs and ensure your home remains safe and comfortable throughout the year.

Join us as we peel back a layer on roofing maintenance and provide a window into the best practices for keeping your roof and its drainage in top shape year-round.

Clear the gutters regularly

Clogged gutters prevent water from draining properly, leading to overflow and potential water damage to your roof and home interior. To remediate this issue, clean the gutters at least twice a year, ideally in spring and fall, and more frequently if you have overhanging trees. Ensure the gutters are free of leaves, debris, and any blockages in downspouts.

Install and maintain the downspouts

Downspouts direct water away from your foundation, preventing water buildup and potential basement flooding. Ensure the downspouts extend at least 5 feet away from your home to prevent the water from affecting the foundation. While running through your routine homeowner maintenance checklist, check to see if the downspouts are securely attached to the gutters and check for clogs while you’re at it.

Pro-tip: Gutters should have a slight incline towards the downspouts to facilitate water flow, so ensure your gutters and downspouts are properly sloped. A common guideline is a quarter inch of slope for every 10 feet of gutter.

Address ice damming issues

Ice dams form when the snow melts and refreezes near the roof edges, causing water to back up under the shingles and create potential leaks into your home. Mitigate this risk by improving the attic’s ventilation to keep the roof temperature uniform and prevent snow from melting unevenly. Ensuring adequate attic insulation also minimizes heat loss through the roof, helping you further cover your budget.

Use roof rakes in the winter

Roof rakes can help remove excess snow, reducing the risk of ice dam formation and subsequently helping ensure proper roof drainage. Use a roof rake with a long handle to safely remove snow from ground level. When approaching this task, avoid standing on the roof to prevent injury and damage to roofing materials.

Work in professional roof inspections

A professional roof inspection can identify potential issues early and recommend necessary repairs or improvements. The general rule of thumb suggests scheduling a professional roof inspection every two to three years, or after significant weather events. Best of all – professionals can also assess the overall condition of your roof and provide maintenance tips specific to your home.

Drain the rain, not the funds

Proper roof drainage is crucial for protecting your home from water damage and preventing ice dams during the winter months. By following these best practices – regular inspections, cleaning, ensuring proper slope, and addressing ice damming proactively – you can maintain your budget, a healthy roof and a safe, dry home.

Remember – you may have yearned for the independence that comes with owning a roof, but that doesn’t mean you have to do it on your own. When in doubt, call Artistic Skylights to knock out your roofing problems. We promise we’ll leave you with a brighter/lighter point of view, and we’ll even frame the view.

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