After a snowfall, you probably don’t give the snow that has accumulated on your roof much thought. After all, your roof is probably sloped especially if you are living in the northern part of the country, and the snow will eventually fall off or just melt. Shoveling snow on the ground is troublesome enough, what more with your roof?
In today’s post, storm damage repair experts Allstar Construction gives us the two main reasons why clearing snow from your roof is important.
Remember, like most other structures, your roof has a load limit which means there is only so much weight that it can hold safely before it gets damaged. Dry snow, on average, weighs about 7 pounds per cubic foot while wet snow can range anywhere from between 12 to 18 pounds per cubic foot. That’s a lot of weight for your roof to be holding!
This added stress on your roof’s structure can actually cause your roof to collapse and can lead to a costly roof replacement and can even pose a potential risk of injury to you and your family. A roof that isn’t regularly cleared of snow can also void your roofing warranty so be sure to hire your trusted local roofing contractor and have them help you with raking the snow from your roof.
Ice dams are build-ups usually located on the eaves of your roof. They are formed when heat from the sun or the interior of your home causes the snow on your roof to melt and refreeze near the edges. This build-up impedes proper drainage and can cause a severe backup of melted water which can then lead to water leakage and damage to your gutters, rafters, and even your interior walls and ceiling.
Allstar Construction is your trusted home exterior renovation company with over 40 years of experience. We are committed to providing uncompromising quality, value, and client satisfaction in all that we do so give us a call at (763) 479-8700 or fill out our contact form if you are in need of any type of exterior work.