Everything is covered in snow, and you have to brace yourself for the wind chill every time you walk out your door. Winter is a harsh time for all of us. You’re distracted because you are constantly asking yourself, “how in the world am I going to survive this winter?” You might think this time of year is hard on you; we hate to tell you, the roof of your house is also working to survive the winter too.
Winter is especially hard on your house’s roof. Though most of us don’t want to admit it, the winter season is here and now is the time for you to know about the possible damages your roof might have to endure during the winter months. Often winter-related issues result in potential disasters, such as water damage to your home. If any of these winter problems cause water damage to your home, Hays + Sons is here for you, and we will do whatever it takes to handle the disaster and get the job done that right way.
An ice dam is the ridge of ice that forms at the lower edge of a roof and prevents water produced by melting snow from draining off the roof. Ice dams occur when there is snow on the roof, and the upper portions of the roof’s surface must be above 32F, while lower surfaces are below 32F. For a portion of the roof to be below 32F, the outside temperature must also be below 32F. The snow on the portion of the roof that is above 32F will melt. As a result of the snow melting, the water flows down the roof to the portion of the roof that is below 32F and then freezes on the roof. The water that gets backed up behind the dam can leak into your home and cause damage to your ceilings, walls, and insulation.
Icicles often result from the same kinds of conditions as ice dams. They may seem pretty and harmless, but they can damage the shingles and gutters on your roof. Icicles add weight to your gutters, and that weight can potentially tear the gutters from your house. The ice can also get under your shingles, and the melted water can leak into your home, causing water damage to your house.
Heavy Loads of Snow
Snow might seem like lightweight fluff on the ground, but once it accumulates into one load, that can mean a ton of weight is on top of your roof. Wet snow is extremely heavy and can be a lot for your roof to handle. If the snow load on your roof becomes too much to take care of it can cause ceiling sagging, roof leakage or even your roof collapsing. If you notice that there is possibly too much snow or ice on your roof, you should call a professional immediately to avoid dangerous situations.
Roof maintenance can be dangerous for homeowners to attempt without the proper knowledge and tools. It is always best to call a professional to clean and repair any damages to your roof. A professional will ensure every part of your roof is free of any possible ice and snow damage.
However, life can easily get in the way, and it is easy to forget about checking on your roof during the winter. When a disaster strikes, Hays + Sons is your trusted resource, and we are here for you to help and provide services for any roof damages caused by winter weather related issues. Don’t forget if you need Hays + Sons, we are just one phone call away.