When winter weather blows in, freezing precipitation can compromise the integrity of your roof. Below is a breakdown of how wintry elements can damage your roof and what you can do to prevent it.
If snow sits for long periods before melting, excessive buildup can add significant weight to your roof. Although the roof is made to withstand a certain amount of weight, any excess can add stress, and in some cases, cause it to cave in.
When ice builds up along the roofline, it creates what’s called an ice dam. When this happens, the gutters and roof can suffer, and icicles have been known to tear gutters completely away from a roof. Having to replace these gutters can be time-consuming and costly. Also, as the heat from inside the home causes precipitation to melt, water can flow through loose shingles, causing leaks and further weakening an already-compromised roof.
When skylights get covered with ice and snow, they become more susceptible to condensation, which can lead to water damage.
Signs of a Stressed Roof
If excess weight or refrozen ice has damaged your roof, there are a few warning signs. First, look for anything inside the home that points to water damage, like ceiling tiles that pull away or roof leaks. Even if you can’t spot an active leak, look for water stains on the ceiling where previous leaks have dried.
Ways to Avoid Damage
Although scaling your house for a DIY cleanup is highly discouraged, there are things you can do to prevent catastrophe.
- Keep the attic cool – With proper insulation, your attic should stay at a temperature sufficient to melt ice slowly, as precipitation that melts too quickly can clog gutters, cause icicles, and otherwise damage the roof.
- Clean gutters – Preventing ice from building up in the gutters is key to ensuring they stay in place. To make sure they are cleaned safely and effectively, have a professional complete this kind of work.
- Clear sitting ice and snow – To prevent too much weight sitting on the roof, it helps to clear away any accumulated precipitation after a storm. Roof rakes are rustproof, lightweight, and can be extended up to 20 feet. If you don’t feel comfortable cleaning a roof yourself, you can call a professional.
- Do a spring cleaning – Each spring, inspect the roof for signs of weakness. Catching a small problem before it becomes a big one can be all it takes to keep your roof intact for next winter. If you’re not sure what signs to look for, have a professional conduct a thorough inspection.
Call Biltmore Roofing at 770-906-0465 today!