How Snow And Ice Impact Your Roof:
During the winter months, cold weather and the storms that comes with it are unavoidable. It can affect electrical power, road conditions, and visibility drastically. There are also many ways this weather can affect your roof.
Heavy snow can cause significant damage to your roof. As the snow piles up, so does the weight. This causes a lot of stress to your roof and over time will weaken it. Additionally, if the snow begins to melt and then refreezes and expands in your shingles, it will cause damage to the shingles and will wear out your roof much faster than time alone.
Another threat is ice dams forming at the edge of the roof. This happens when the snow or ice on the roof melts and refreezes before it can run off the roof. This cause a buildup of ice and retains water on the roof. The only place the water can drain then is into the shingles, under the shingles, or into the house itself.
Ice dams are tough to control and can be dangerous to remove on your own, so it is best to contact a professional. However, if there has been heavy snow and you notice a build-up on your roof, you can help prevent any damage. The best way to control damage from heavy snow is to invest in a roof rake. These are long poles with a “blade” attached to the end, and all you need to do is put them on the roof and pull to remove snow buildup.
If you have any other questions regarding snow/ice removal or are concerned about roof damage cause by winter weather, please contact our office at (918) 558-ROOF (7663).