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    Should You Put Ice Melt Down Before Snow?

    Posted by Ryan Williams on May 2, 2019 5:05:56 PM

    Most of us want to be as preventive as possible when it comes to managing snow and ice in order that we can maintain the safety of our homes and enjoy the winter months with little hassle. Ice melt is a popular choice for managing snow and ice and, if used properly, has its benefits. However, using it properly is key.

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    Topics: Snow Removal, Ice, Snow and Ice Management

    How to De-Ice Your Steps and Walkways

    Posted by Ryan Williams on May 2, 2019 5:03:00 PM

    During the winter months, safe passage to and from your home isn’t just important, it’s crucial. Walking over snow-covered surfaces anywhere can be challenging and dangerous, but when you add in the element of stairs and gravity, and/or highly trafficked areas such as walkways, the risk for accidental falls increases significantly.

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    Topics: Snow Removal, Winter Safety, Ice

    Understanding and Preventing Roof Ice Dams

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Aug 31, 2016 9:00:00 AM

    Rooftop ice dams are a recurrent winter problem throughout more northerly parts of the United States, and yet, they can often be prevented (or at least minimized) by means of a few relatively inexpensive home upgrades. And even in cases where a more substantial investment is needed to guard against ice damming, the expense will easily pay for itself by preventing even more costly repairs.

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    Topics: Snow Removal, Ice, Roof

    Ice Dams and How to Prevent Them

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Aug 30, 2016 8:00:00 AM

    Homeowners do well to think about ice dams and learn how to prevent them long before the arrival of winter. The damage ice dams can do by causing leaks, weakening shingles, and rotting out portions of the roof decking are serious enough to merit taking early action on preventative measures.

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    Topics: Winter, Ice, Roof

    How to Get Rid of Black Ice on Your Driveway

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Aug 26, 2016 7:30:00 AM

    Winter inevitably brings with it the danger of encountering black ice as you drive out on the public highways, and the last thing you need is for black ice to "follow you home" and make pulling into/out of or stepping on your own driveway a danger-fraught act.

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    Topics: Driveway, Snow Melting Mats, Ice

    5 Winter Roof Damage Issues Homeowners Need to Know

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Mar 28, 2016 7:30:00 AM

    Winter can be especially harsh on a house's roof, and it’s almost never a good idea to simply wait for spring before addressing the issues that the presence of snow and ice on your roof can cause. Five of the main winter roof damage problems that homeowners should be aware of are listed below, along with some advice on how to best manage them.

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    Topics: Winter, Winter Safety, Ice, Roof

    What to Know-and What You Can Ignore-About Roof Damage From Hail

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Mar 17, 2016 9:00:00 AM

    Severe winter weather of all kinds can lead to costly roof damage or even roof replacement. While snow and ice damage is generally more common, hail damage, when it does strike, is often the most devastating. If your roof was already old enough to merit replacement or would have needed replacement within a few years' time, you may be able to ignore the hail damage. In most cases, however, at least some repair work is advisable, and it is always a good idea to get a professional inspection.

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    Topics: Winter, Ice, Roof, Hail

    How the Different Winter Elements Affect Your Home's Roof

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Feb 3, 2016 4:30:00 AM

    Winter weather can be hard on your home in general, but usually, your roof will suffer more than any other part of your house. This damage can be attributed to particular elements of winter weather, each of which tends to harm your roofing in different ways. Knowing what these dangers are and how to minimize the risk can save you money by preventing expensive repairs.

    Below, we look at how the various elements of winter weather affect your home's roof, and include a few tips on damage-prevention:

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    Topics: Home Maintenance, Winter, Ice, Roof, Hail

    7 Tips To Understanding Your Winter Weather Report

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jan 14, 2016 4:30:00 AM

    Legend has it that variations in the woolly bear caterpillar's number of black vs. red-brown segments correspond to the intensity of winter weather in the months just ahead. Now, that kind of "weather report" requires a good deal of faith to rely on. But the truth is that many homeowners often feel a little bit like they're staring at a woolly bear caterpillar when they hear their winter weather report--confused and uncertain of what to expect.

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    Topics: Insider, Winter, Winter Safety, Ice

    Top 5 Questions Homeowners Ask in Winter

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jan 5, 2016 4:30:00 AM

    As winter approaches, homeowners will be asking numerous questions about how to best manage the cold, snow, and ice. Protecting your property and avoiding unnecessary expenses can often be achieved through knowledge and implementation of a few simple tips. Every homeowner will have a somewhat different set of questions and concerns, but we offer below answers to 5 of the more important questions homeowners will be asking this winter:

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    Topics: Snow Removal, Home Maintenance, Snow Melting, Winter, Winter Safety, Ice

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