How Ice and Snow Damage your Roof
Prevent Damage to Your Roof from Ice & Snow
TQRR, Top Quality Remodeling & Restoration, LLC, has already highlighted 10 tips to prepare your roof for the winter season, including cut hanging branches, inspect for leaks and calling a roofing professional. In the next installment of our roofing blog, we’ll outline exactly how ice and snow can damage your roof and offer prevention tips to avoid costly repairs. Wintertime temperatures, snow, hail and ice can cause great damage to your roofing system, gutters and siding. When you’re prepared with prevention tips and have a professional team of Maryland roofers on your side, you can better equip your home to handle these weather elements.
6 Ways Snow & Ice will Negatively Impact & Damage Roof
Stress From Added Weight: The accumulation of heavy snow and ice can lead to very dangerous consequences for your roofing system. Leaks, cracked rafters, broken gutters and even a roof collapse are all very real possibilities after a full season of snow.
Leaks: Snow sits on your roof for weeks at a time, slowly melting and working its way through the smallest cracks and/or becoming trapped beneath the shingles. The melted snow can find its way to your insulation, walls and ceilings leading to water damage and mold.
Freeze & Thaw: The presence of heavy snow and ice can cause cracks in your roofing system, which can become more prominent during the thawing/freezing cycles of early spring. If trapped water re-freezes inside any size crack, it will expand, causing leaks or even the shingles to move.
Ice Dams: Ice dams happen when snow/ice melts, flows down then freezes right at the edge of the roof. The weight of the ice can cause gutters to crack or fall off.
Be Cautious During Snow Removal: To prevent roof damage from snow & ice, homeowners will often take it upon themselves to remove these elements. However, we caution you to leave this to the professionals, not only for your own protection, but many times we’ve seen people unintentionally puncturing shingles or completely removing the roof’s waterproof membrane.
Roofing Blisters: This is a common occurrence for flat or low-slopped roofs. Blisters happen when the temperature begins to warm up and evaporating moisture gets trapped between the layers in your roof.
Prevent Roofing Water Damage
Contact TQRR for quality roofing repairs, leak patches, new installation and much more! We’ve been serving the communities in Harford County, Prince George’s County, Baltimore County and the surrounding areas for over 39 years! For questions, concerns or to schedule a roof damage inspection, call 410-844-3111.