You've probably heard the nationwide winter weather forecast by now. It's a strong El Nino year and while that can mean a milder winter in northern states, there's no guarantees. The Farmer's Almanac predicts winter weather that repeats the brutal conditions of last year with unseasonably cold temperatures over the Atlantic Seaboard, eastern portions of the Great Lakes, and the lower peninsula of Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, most of the Tennessee and Mississippi Valley, as well as much of the Gulf Coast.
What's a homeowner to do? Get your roof ready with snow guards.
Take a snow globe and shake it. You'll see light snow settling on the roof. Shake it again and the snow moves away. Unfortunately that's not that easy when it comes to your home.
Accumulating snow can be very heavy. When it melts off composite roofing, it can slide off in an "avalanche". This can damage landscaping plus block garage doors and home entryways. (Check out To Guard … or Not to Guard)
Our advice at DaVinci Roofscapes is that, if you have simulated shake roofing or a composite slate roof, invest in snow guards. These small, durable pieces can be added to your roof by a professional roofer (called retrofitting) at any time. As snows melt, they help "break up" the snow so it doesn't come down in a sheet and cause harm.
Bundle up for the season ahead … and make sure to take the steps necessary now so that you'll have "s-no-w worries" when the winter snows arrive!