As temperatures start to cool and winter begins, the threat of snow and ice and the damage it can cause your roof isn’t something to take lightly – especially in a cold state like Minnesota. Snow and ice damage on your roof can mean big headaches and even bigger bills. Winter weather can and will wreak havoc on your roof.
Let’s discuss the impact that snow and ice can have on a roof, so you’re aware of how to avoid the risks. The following are a few signs to look out for during and after a winter storm brings snow and ice to your area.
The Importance of Hiring a Professional Roofing Company
To keep your roof safe throughout the winter, it may be necessary for you to contact an expert roofing company. These professionals are experienced in the best ways to care and protect your roof from damaging threats like snow and ice.
Added Weight from Snow and Ice Puts Undue Stress on Your Roof
This is something you have to be especially alert for, since Minnesota sees a higher than average snowfall every year. A large amount of snow can produce a lot of weight for a roof to bear. If your roof is old or already damaged, it could have weaker spots that are more susceptible to succumbing to additional weight. This becomes even more problematic as snow melts, becomes wetter and thus heavier.
Keep Your Roof and Gutters Clean and Clear of Debris
To protect your roof from snow and ice, it’s imperative that you clean your gutters before the first snow hits. You can also push or clear snow off of your roof if the slope isn’t too much – however, cold weather can create slippery surfaces, making it unsafe for any regular person to do. There are plenty of contractors in the Minnesota area that provide this service.
Clearing Ice Dams to Protect Roof Flashing
When enough ice accumulates, it can form enormous ice dams that can cause gutter damage and even tear the flashing right off the roof. If you are experiencing ice dam problems, you can use a hammer and a chisel to chisel away at the ice on your roof to loosen it up. Or try a long-handled rake, broom or another tool to scrape as much of the ice as possible off of the rooftop.
Hearing Your Roof Make Strange Noises
Houses are susceptible to damage just like any type of building. Anytime you hear a cracking, popping or banging noise that seems out of the ordinary, it may be a sign that your roof has experienced storm damage. If these loud noises are persistent, contact a roofing professional to take a look, as they’ll be able to recognize any damage that happened as a result of the weather.
Melting Snow and Ice will Cause Bad Roof Leaks
One of the most telling signs that your roof is already damaged are from water leaks. When melting snow and ice has nowhere to go, the resulting water will find every little crack and make its way inside the roof. This water gets frozen which then causes the cracks to expand. If there is any heat, the ice in the spaces melts, leaving a larger space that allows more water to come in, which then expands again and causes the cracks to widen. These freezing and thawing cycles eventually increase the chance of storm damage to your roof. Therefore you should immediately get in touch with a professional roofing contractor to seal cracks and prevent further damage to your home.
Schedule a Roof Inspection Today!
Because of the threat to your roof during the winter months, it’s important that you schedule a roof inspection as soon as possible to ensure that your home is ready for the snow and ice. Getting your roof inspected at least once a year will help keep it in great condition for decades to come. Contact Northface Construction to schedule your roof inspection today!