Snow/Ice and Your Roof - What You Should Know
December is here which means winter is on its way! Missouri can be a bit unpredictable when it comes to winter weather but ensuring your roof is ready for whatever the season throws at us is important. Not sure how snow and ice can affect your roof this winter? Read on to learn more from our roofing company at the Lake of the Ozarks!
Formation of Ice Dams
Ice dams are created when snow and ice melt 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 Downspouts
Serious ice dams can cause more problems than just a roof leak. The added weight of the 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.
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. 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 Cycles
Snow 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.
Contact Above & Beyond Roofing!
How long has been since your roof has been inspected? Getting regular roof inspections can help prolong the life of your roof by catching minor problems early. Above & Beyond Roofing offers FREE, No Obligation, Roof Inspections! Give us a call and let's ensure your roof is ready for winter!