Here’s how to safely clear your roof of snow and ice

It’s wonderful to see Nevada’s suburban neighborhoods covered in snow! Families build snowmen, sled down hills, or just lie down and make snow angels. But, as with all good things, too much snow can mean bad news, especially for your roof.

Firstly, snow may melt and refreeze into ice dams that could compromise the watertightness of your roof and cause leaks.

Keep pests off your roof and out of your home

Well-built roofs are meant to withstand extreme weather conditions and heavy loads such as accumulated snow (up to a point), but all sorts of critters can diminish roofs’ structural integrity and strength. To make the crown of your Nevada home last as long as possible, watch out for these pests:
Termites and carpenter ants
When your roof suffers a leak and wooden structures start to rot, termite and carpenter ant infestations usually follow.

Roof insurance 101

Nevada experiences all sorts of extreme weather year after year. If your roof suffers extensive damage due to hail or a severe thunderstorm, paying for repairs or replacements all on your own would be a tremendous financial burden. If you’re a home insurance policyholder, however, your insurer may cover most of the expenses.

3 Tips to improve roof ventilation

The most popular type of home roof ventilation in Nevada and most of America is passive vertical ventilation. This does not use anything mechanical and relies solely on convection to release hot air and pull cooler outside air into the house.

Roof ventilation is important because hot air carries water vapor.

Types of roof ventilation and their benefits

In a previous post, we discussed the signs that you need better roof ventilation for your Nevada home. Here, we’ll take a look at ventilation methods, the most common vent options available for each method, and how they may be what you need for your roof.