NRCA Offers Recommendations to Help Homeowners Avoid Roof Damage During Winter

The National Roofing Contractors Association is reminding homeowners to minimize damage to their roof systems by preventing ice buildup during the coldest months. NRCA recommends making sure a roof is properly insulated and attics are properly vented. Insufficient insulation and venting can contribute to the melting of snow closest to the roof surface and can cause an ice dam, or an accumulation of frozen water at the edge of the roof that prevents water from running off.

Throughout the winter, homeowners should check their roofs for ice dams. Where ice damming presents an urgent problem and demands immediate action, it is advisable to remove snow accumulated on the roof to prevent additional water backups. Snow removal from roofs should be attempted only if it can be done safely from the ground level with a roof rake or an extended-handle broom. NRCA does not recommend using ice picks, shovels or any tool with sharp edges that may damage roof coverings. For best results, NRCA recommends homeowners contact a professional roofing contractor for snow removal, especially if snow or ice cannot be safely removed from the ground level.

To locate an NRCA professional contractor and learn more about roof maintenance, homeowners can visit NRCA’s consumer website at

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