There are several factors that can affect the life span and performance of your roof. Snow and ice are probably one of the top enemies, if not the top enemies of your roof. During the winter season or for those places which experience snow all year round, snow and ice can form an ice dam in the roof’s overhang which can obstruct the flow in your gutter. This can cause the molten snow to back up under the roofing material and cause leaks inside your home. And when the sun emerges after snowing, the ice on your roof panel melts which can cause snow and ice on the surface of your roof to slide down the ground like a mini avalanche. This can cause injury to both people and property so it is very important to consider adding a protection to your metal roof during the winter season. To prevent these situations from happening, you can attach snow guards to your roof.
So maybe you are wondering what snow guards are. Basically, snow guards are mini snow dams which are attached to the roof to prevent huge amounts of snow from sliding down. These guards holds the snow in your roof and enables it to drip down slowly or even evaporate completely on the roof.
Homes with roofs made of metal can greatly benefit from these snow guards. It prevents snow avalanches from happening and it protects your properties under your roof such as your cars, patio furniture and plants from damage. Ideally, these roof guards should be installed in home entries, garages, lawns, patios and practically anywhere where people usually can go.
You can install metal roof snow guards on your own. These guards are usually installed either by glueing or screwing them to the roof. Manufacturers of these guards usually give detailed instructions on how to install them. However, if you’re not confident of your handyman skills, it is recommended to have a professional to install them for you to make sure that it is properly attached.
If you’re concerned about how your roof would look like with these guards, then worry not. Most manufacturers offer snow guard covers which is made from the exact material, texture and color of your current roof. This gives you a flawless match which can last for a lifetime. Clear snow guards, which are also almost undetectable and blends well with the roof are also available.