Winter weather is one of the biggest threats to your home's roofing. Unfortunately, many homeowners fail to understand the severity of the threat that snow accumulation can pose for roofing, or they misunderstand exactly what the concern actually is. Here's a look at what you need to know about the winter snow threat and what it means for your home's roof.
What Damage Risk Does Snow Pose for Your Roof?
There are a couple of different ways that snow can potentially damage your roof, and understanding those threats is the first step toward protecting your home.
First, snow accumulation on your roof can put added weight on the roof. The pressure from this excess weight can actually weaken your roof's structural integrity and cause leaks, cracks, or complete roof failure.
Additionally, snow accumulation on your roof also creates a situation where ice buildup can create dams. This can result in cracking and leaks in your roof. Additionally, the ice and snowmelt that happens as the weather warms up can leave your roof in prolonged contact with this moisture, which makes it far more likely to seep through your roof and into your home.
How Do You Know When the Snow Accumulation Is a Concern?
One of the biggest mistakes that homeowners make when it comes to snow and their roof is misunderstanding how to assess the risk. Too many homeowners assume that the depth of the snow on the roof is the real threat, although that's not always the case.
The true concern isn't so much the depth of the snow as it is the weight of it. Sometimes, smaller amounts of snow can be bigger concerns than a foot or more simply because of the weight of it. If the snow that's falling is light, powdery, fluffy snow, you won't have nearly as much weight concern from smaller amounts as you would have from the same amount of wet, heavy, clumping snow. That's why it's important to consider the type of snow that's falling when you're assessing the threat to your roof and focus on the cumulative weight, not the amount of the snow.
How Can You Protect Your Roof From Snow Damage?
One of the best things to do when you're concerned about the threat of snow damage is to ensure that your home's roof is cleared of snow after every storm. Invest in a snow rake to help you drag snow off the roof, or reach out to a roofing contractor to help you ensure that the roof stays clear.
These are some of the key things you should know about your roof and the threat of damage from snow. Talk with a local roofing contractor today to have your roof inspected and ensure that it is in good, stable condition.
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