Extreme temperatures, ice, and snow can impact various parts of your home, including your roof. While residential roofing is resilient, homeowners should be aware of the following winter conditions that can cause damage.
The Impact of Winter Weather on Your Roof
Leaks can happen at any time of the year, but they frequently occur in wet, cold conditions. Since snow can sit for days on your roof, the runoff often finds its way into cracks. As a result, you end up with leaks or water damage to your ceiling.
Leaks should be repaired as soon as possible. Failing to address them can lead to numerous problems, including property damage and mold growth. A roofing contractor can patch leaks and address vulnerable areas before issues begin.
2. Too Much Weight
The weight of accumulated snow can put stress on your roof. This is especially true after a large storm or if you have several storms in rapid succession with freezing conditions. The low temperature turns the snow into ice, and the buildup increases from there.
If your roof already has weak areas, these spots may get worse or fail entirely under the weight of snow, so it's wise to quickly repair or reinforce vulnerable areas. Older roofs, in particular, are susceptible to problems caused by heavy snow since they aren't as strong as new roofs.
3. Ice Dams
Ice dams are particularly dangerous for your roofing system. Dams occur when the warm air coming from the edges of your roof melts the snow near the gutters. Then, the snow refreezes and creates a barrier along the perimeter of your roof. This barrier stops snow, ice, and water from escaping, which increases the risk of leaks and damage to your gutters. One way to help prevent dams is to install heat cables to melt the snow and prevent ice from forming.
If you need roof repairs, contact Storm Solution Specialists in Bellevue, NE. This family-owned and -operated company is experienced at addressing storm damage from tornadoes and winter weather. In addition to roofs, they offer siding and window repairs and installation. Learn more about what they can do for you online, or request a quote by calling (402) 291-4040.