Does Snow and Ice Affect My Roof?
With the cold temperatures and the snow and ice that we've already received here in the Ozarks’, have you thought about how snow and ice can affect your roof? As a homeowner, it’s important to understand how snow and ice can affect your roof to help avoid costly repairs. Read on to learn more from our roofing company at the Lake of the Ozarks!
Excess Weight on Your RoofOne 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. Over time, 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.
Melting & Freezing CyclesSnow can damage your shingles by melting and then re-freezing into ice. When the 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 DamsIce 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 rainwater doesn't have a way to properly drain because your gutters are blocked with ice, it's easy for water to make its way under the roof shingles and eventually into your house.
Damaged Gutters and DownspoutsSerious 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.
Contact Above & Beyond Roofing for All Your Roofing Needs!
If it's been a while since you've had your roof inspected by a professional roofing company at the Lake of the Ozarks, it may be time to give Above & Beyond Roofing a call! We offer FREE roof inspections at the Lake of the Ozarks! Having regular roof inspection can prolong the lifespan of your roof. Give us a call to schedule your free roof inspection!
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