How Snow & Ice Affect Your Roof

Snow and ice can cause a multitude of problems for people, including roof damage. It's important for homeowners to understand how snow and ice can affect roofing structures so that they can try to prevent costly roof repairs. Keep reading to learn about how snow and ice can impact your roof at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Excess Weight on Your Roof


One of the most common issues with snow and ice on your roof is the added weight. That excess weight can put a great deal of stress on your roof. Overtime, that stress weakens the integrity of your roof. While it is unlikely to happen in Missouri, where extremely heavy snowfall is minimal, the possibility of a roof collapse is also possible. This is usually the result of an already weakened roof, and that's why it's important to have your roof inspected regularly by a Lake of the Ozarks roofing professional. Invest in a snow rake to easily remove excessive amounts of snow when necessary.

Melting & Freezing Cycles 


Snow can damage your shingles by melting and then re-freezing into ice. When snow melts and then freezes again to form ice, it expands. This wears out the shingles much faster than what normal wear and tear would do.

Formation of Ice Dams 


Ice dams are created when snow and ice melts on your roof, and before it's able to drain through the gutters and downspouts, it re-freezes along the edges and eaves of your roof. When other melting snow or rain water doesn't have a way to properly drain because your gutters are blocked with ice, it's easy for water to make it's way under the roof shingles and eventually into your house.

Damaged Gutters and Downspouts


Serious ice dams can cause more problems than just a roof leak. The added weight of ice can result in rain gutters and even the flashing to be torn right off the roof. One of the best things you can do to prevent this is to ensure your gutters and downspouts are clear of debris before winter weather hits.

If you're in need of a roof inspection or roof repairs this winter, trust Above & Beyond Roofing to get the job done right! We're here for all your Lake of the Ozarks roofing needs, from inspections and repairs to complete re-roofs and new construction. We even do commercial work! For more information about our roofing services, visit us online at www.LakeOzarkRoofing.com.

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