How Snow and Ice Can affect Your Roof

How Snow and Ice Can affect Your Roof

How Snow and Ice Can affect Your Roof.

Every day, people rely on their roofs to protect them and their homes from harsh weather conditions. This is especially true during the colder winter months when inclement weather can strike at any moment. In this Blog, we want to explain how cold weather can affect your roof.

Thaw Cycle

As snow melts, it can seep into the small cracks of your roof or gutter system. Then, when the weather drops below zero, the water refreezes and expands. This cycle throughout winter will eventually cause the cracks to grow larger, opening more room for leaks and structural issues.

Snow and Ice Buildup

An individual snowflake is light. But even just a few inches of snow and ice are very heavy and can cause serious stress on roof flashings and roofs themselves – especially flat roofs. Snow and ice should not be left to accumulate on your roof. And after a particularly snowy winter, you should get your roof inspected by an experienced roofing company to find and fix any minor damage before it becomes costly.

Stress

When something puts external pressure on a stationary object, the object experiences stress. The heavy downward force from snow accumulation is one of the most common impacts of snow on a roof.

Your roof can sag in areas of intense weight, causing water, snow, and ice to build up even more. This heavy, isolated accumulation can lead to other issues such as leaks. In the worst-case scenario, your roof can even suffer a cave-in.

Roofing Blisters

For flat and low-sloped roofs especially, roofing blisters can be a cause for concern. When the weather starts to warm up, the rising temperature can trap excess moisture or air beneath the layers of the roofing system. Any additional pressure on these parts forces the air or moisture to expand, resulting in a blistered, uneven appearance on your rooftop. How do you prevent this from happening? By hiring an experienced, thorough team of roofing contractors to install your roof. If you’re worried about the condition of your roof, most roofing companies offer seasonal maintenance visits to evaluate and repair throughout the year.

Possible damage to gutters

It’s not just your roof that would be at risk; snow and ice can also damage your gutters. As they slide off your roof, they are likely to come into contact with your gutters and, as they do to your roof, add extra weight. This situation can result in damage to the sides of your roof if you fail to act.

 

How Can You Protect Your Roof?

Snow and ice are inevitable. But there are things you can do to reduce your risk. Snow guards can be used to keep snow contained. Regular maintenance (such as clearing snow from your roof) can also help. Make sure that your gutters are always cleared so that water (and therefore ice) doesn’t build up — and so that melting snow and ice will be directed away from your foundation. The best way to protect your roof is to maintain it, by regularly removing snow, inspecting it, and being proactive about its protection.

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