A snow covered landscape is one of the most serene views that nature has to offer, but a snow covered rooftop can be disconcerting. Accumulated snowfall on a roof can induce damage and even collapse. To help you counter the potential downsides to the otherwise enjoyable perks of winter weather, we walk through the basics of snow damage here.
Snow can compromise the security of a roof by overloading the roof with excess weight. Roofs are designed to support a specific range of weight, and accumulated snow that exceeds your roof’s weight specifications can place it in danger of sustaining damage or collapse. This can happen to any roof given the right circumstances, but it is mainly a concern in old or poorly maintained roofs.
Runoff water from melting snow can also be a potential source for damage. As water drains from the roof, it may become trapped by ice and debris, causing the water to sit and pool up on the roof. Sitting water raises serious potential for roof leaks. This sitting water will invade weak spots in the roof material and ruin the backing and insulation underneath.
To prepare your roof for the rigors of winter precipitation, call our team at (513) 896-1600!