How Snow and Ice Can Impact Your Roof
It’s that time of year again where snow and ice can become a daily occurrence. Snow and ice are a burdensome enough as it is, however, your roof tends to get hit the hardest. Snow and ice damage on your roof can cause serious issues for your home–so be aware! Here are some ways that snow and ice negatively impact your roof:
Humans aren’t the only ones that experience stress. During the frigid winter, your roof suffers from the heavy weight of snow and ice causing stress. The roof can cave in due to the accumulation of the snowfall. Naturally, rainwater will flow to the lowest point of your roof, though once the temperature drops below freezing, this can form large ice blocks. As these large ice blocks increase with weight, the stress of the roof increases also posing a higher risk of cave-ins.
If there is enough ice accumulating on the roof, it can form ice dams. This is caused by ice and snow melting, flowing down the roof and the freezing right at the edge of the roof. Ice dams can cause major gutter damage and may even tear the flashing off the roof.
Freeze and Thaw
Due to the accumulation of snow and ice, cracks can become present. When water seeps into even the tiniest cracks, this could pose a major issue for your roof. Not only can this cause leaks into your home, but the cracks can become much more prominent. If there is a crack in your roof and the water seeps in, a leak can be caused. However, if the water doesn’t leak and it freezes, the crack can expand causing an increase in size. Even the smallest cracks can expand and can even cause the shingles to move causing even more leaks.
For more information on roofing, contact the roof inspectors at RoofAdvisor today.