Recent snow and ice may have melted away, but the effects of that cold, wet weight on your roof can have a lasting impact. According to FEMA, fluffy snow weighs around three pounds per square foot, and wet snow can weigh up to 21 pounds per square foot. Ice, on the other hand, can weigh 57 pounds per square foot. The weight of them together puts intense pressure on a roofing system, which can lead to structural failure and an extremely dangerous situation for all those in the building. Additionally, the moisture of that melting snow and ice can seep into existing roof cracks and refreeze making those cracks bigger. That’s why year-round roof maintenance is critical, especially in West Texas and the Panhandle where weather can be extreme and unpredictable.
To prevent further winter damage, you can safeguard your roof with these roof maintenance tips for winter.
#1 Remove Snow and Debris
Snow not only creates unwanted weight on your roof but the melting and refreezing that is so common during the winter months can create what’s known as ice dams, thick ridges of solid ice that build up along the eaves. Ice dams can block runoff precipitation, which can loosen your shingles or even create a leakage.
#2 Repair Flashing & Shingles
Overtime existing flashing can become warped or loosened, and in wet winter months, this gives moisture a way to build and seep into your ceiling. Likewise, if you notice shingles that are beginning to peel up or chip, they will also allow unwanted moisture in.
#3 Check your Gutters
Gutters are one of the first places that accumulated water will freeze in the cold winter months. If you see icicles hanging then more than likely you already have a build-up. Get rid of ice dams right away to keep your gutters strong and working por[petly.
Sometimes it’s obvious that your roof has sustained winter damage from snow, ice, and strong winds, but often roof damage is undetectable until it is too late and you have water pouring inside your living room. That’s why it’s a good idea to work with a reliable, local roofing company your know and trust like CT Roofing and Construction, as RCAT licensed roofing contractors, they know what to look for and can not only inspect your roof, but help you repair, or replace it and keep your room maintained all year long.
Signs your Roof May Have Winter Storm Damage
- Sagging ceiling tiles, cracked walls, ceiling leaks, unusual noises.
- Ice damming- look for icicles forming off of gutters as an indication that you have a problem.
- Clogged roof gutters that trap water from melting snow on the roof, which can then refreeze, adding to your troubles.
- Ceiling leaks
- Sagging roofline
- Attic condensation that leads to wood rot from the inside out
If you suspect any of these compromises your roof, you can call CT Roofing and Construction for a no-charge roof inspection. A qualified roofing inspection will uncover roofing damage or weaknesses and help you make the best choice for repair or replacement.