Besides Ice Dams, What Other Winter Issues Can Hurt Your Roof?
Winter is a beautiful time of the year but it brings with it a unique set of risk factors when it comes to your roof. While ice dams are the most commonly reported winter roofing emergency there are other winter roofing issues that can hurt your home. Here are just a few that we here at Stay Dry Roofing can help you with:
Heavy snow– this can be a big issue by the time the middle of the winter season hits. If snow removal has not been done and a lot of snow has accumulated, or a massive storm dumps a lot of snow, it can quickly build up to a point that it gets too heavy for your roof! While it is fairly rare, roof collapse can happen due to the weight of the snow.
Serious fall injuries– when homeowners try to clean snow or do work on their roof in cold and icy conditions injury is often the result. Falls from the roof can cause devastating injuries and can even lead to death or permanent disability! This is one of the big winter roofing issues many homeowners ignore-with terrible consequences!
Cracked broken shingles – snow, ice, hail, and the wind takes a major toll on roofing systems, particularly on older roofs or roofs that have already been damaged. Roofs that are walked-on when cold are more prone to cracking and breaking due to the way the bitter cold affects shingles and roofing materials. Whenever possible, avoid walking on the roof when it is brutally cold outside.
Skylight, window, and chimney leaks– when you get snow and ice accumulation, as the weather warms that snow and ice will start to melt. Water running down the roof can lead to leaks, especially when the roof has been damaged by that snow and ice all season long. Areas with gaps in the roofing or that have flashing and caulking are prone to these leaks- skylights, chimneys, air vents, and other similar areas. It is important to be on the lookout for these winter roofing issues!