The weather is forecasting snow in Northern Virginia this coming weekend. Vertex Roofing thus decided that this is the perfect time to point out what snow and ice can do to your roof. Below are the 3 major effects snow and ice can have on your roof:
1. Damage to Gutters
During the colder seasons, icicles can form on your home. When melted snow is constantly freezing and thawing, the precipitation needs somewhere to go. Commonly, it becomes trapped in your gutters, where it eventually refreezes. As this process continues throughout the winter, your gutters will become clogged with heavy “ice dams”.
Additional snow that melts may seep under your roof shingles and refreeze, causing further problems. In most cases, you will need professional help to remove these “ice dams”. Damaged gutters that are pulling away from the house can also put stress on the roof.
2. DIY Snow Removal
According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), attempting to remove snow from the roof on your own can actually cause more damage. Not only could you hurt yourself in the process, but the structure of the roof could be compromised. If you do not know how to properly use a snow rake, you and your roof will be better off getting a professional involved in the snow removal process.
As a homeowner, the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety recommends you know the weight your roof can support to help prevent collapse.
3. Stressed Roof
Your roof could be buckling from excess weight after a storm, but it may be hard to tell depending on the amount of snow accumulated. Instead, look for signs of stress inside the home. You may notice that tiles are pulling away from the ceiling or experience a roof leak. It is recommended you contact a structural engineer to conduct an assessment. In the meantime, your family should not stay in a home that is at risk for a roof collapse.
Roof damage should be addressed at the first sign to avoid potentially catastrophic damage and high repair costs. Vertex Roofing offers FREE roof inspections to all Northern Virginia homeowners and commercial property owners. Call us today to set up your appointment and let’s make sure before the snow hits this weekend that your roof is sturdy and ready for the extra pressure from the coming snow.
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