How snow and ice can impact your roof

This year has been full of nothing but surprises. From the unknown and coronavirus beginning in March to working remotely and now being mandated to wear masks everywhere. In January if you heard the phrases, “following social distance protocols” or “Takeout Tuesday” chances are you probably had no idea what those meant.

The next unknown is whether or not we will have heavy snow this winter or not. If we have learned anything from this year, it is to plan for the worst and hope for the best. The same mindset can be for our roofs. The job of a roof is to protect you 24/7 from outside elements, and your job is to make sure it is in the best possible shape to do so. Winter is right around the corner so be sure you are prepared. The roofing contractors in Omaha NE are here to tell you how snow and ice can impact your roof.

The first thing that the roofing contractors in Omaha NE want you to know is that during the winter months your home can form ice dams. This happens when the snow and ice are melting and flowing down your roof and freeze on the edge. Ice dams can cause damage to your gutters or tear the flashing off of your roof. It may also cause water to pool and seep into your ceilings and walls.

The next thing you need to know is about the freezing and thawing cycle. After a snowfall, and it begins to melt, it can melt into the small cracks of your home or even the gutters. Then the temperature drops below freezing and the cracks get larger. When the cracks expand, it can cause your shingles to move which causes even more leaks.

The third thing you need to know about is winter weight! The accumulation of snow and ice onto your roof is a large amount of weight for your roof to constantly carry. Ice is heavier than snow, and packed snow is nearly twice as heavy as fresh snow. All of the additional weight can cause your roof to crack, leak or even collapse.

The fourth thing homeowners should know about is roofing blisters. This will typically occur once the warmer weather starts to come about because it can trap the moisture in between the layers in your roof. If you have a flat or low sloped roof, blisters are more common.

So what do the roofing contractors in Omaha NE recommend? Preventive maintenance is key. We recommend you have your roof inspected twice a year. It should also be inspected after large storms! Cleaning your roof throughout the year can also make a huge difference!

It is also recommended to keep a close eye on your roof. Removing snow on your own may actually harm your roof because you run the risk of accidentally damaging your shingles. It also poses damage because homeowners tend to scrape too hard which causes harm to other elements of your roof as well.

If you notice too much snow on your roof, it is best to call one of our exterior specialists. Be prepared for this winter! Contact us today.

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