Protect your home, business from winter's damage

John Wiscaver of Oklahoma Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance discusses the dangers of winter weather to structures.
by Paula Burkes Modified: December 5, 2013 at 7:35 pm •  Published: December 6, 2013

Q&A with John Wiscaver

How to protect your business, home from winter's icy damage

Q: How can Oklahomans prepare their homes for winter weather?

A: With Oklahoma's erratic climate changes, we may see a day of heavy snow followed by days of warmer temperatures and then freezing again, which is an ideal situation for ice dams to form, preventing water from draining off the roof. This can wreak havoc on homes and other buildings. If the water builds up underneath the roof shingles, it can seep into a home or building and damage the interior. It's important to be proactive about protecting your home or business from damage to spare you the financial burden and the possibility of being displaced during major renovations.

Q: What roles do ventilation and insulation play?

A: The key to preventing ice dams is to keep the attic temperature as close to the outside temperature as possible, which means insulating the attic floor and installing adequate ventilation. The best practice would be to install roof-mounted or peak vents that allow warm air to exit the attic and soffit vents that allow colder air in the attic to regulate the temperature.

by Paula Burkes
A 1981 journalism graduate of Oklahoma State University, Paula Burkes has more than 30 years experience writing and editing award-winning material for newspapers and healthcare, educational and telecommunications institutions in Tulsa, Oklahoma...
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