It’s the winter’s Midwest dead and so far we have definitely seen our fair share of snow. We all know the effect of snow on driving, safety and the obvious winter hazards, but there’s another factor that we need to review regularly, something that might cost us a lot of money as the snow begins to melt, our Roofs, if left unnoticed. I strongly suggest you to visit 4 winter roof damage problems to learn more about this.
A few inches of white stuff is not usually a problem, but if we put more than five inches of snow on our roof, if it gets to heavy we risk a roof collapse. The best approach to that is investing in a roof rake. Roof rakes can be purchased at most big box home improvement stores for about fifty dollars. A roof rake is easy to use and when you clear big amounts of snow off your roof keep your feet firmly planted on the ground.
The next challenge we face is harm from the ice and cold temperatures. All it takes is a quick walk outside around your house to see if there is a problem. First, if you see ice or heretics hanging from eves you know you already have a problem. That means warm air flows into the attic and some snow melts, then runs down the roof and re-freezes at the eves or gutters. Inevitably the problem with this is that the water flowing off doesn’t have to go anywhere and will inevitably come up under the shingles allowing the roof to leak out. That is what is called an ice dam.
Another way to know if you lose heat at the attic is to coat the whole roof evenly with the snow. If you have areas that are clear and other areas have several layers of snow built up, you are more than likely losing heat at the attic. If this happens, look at those places in your attic, and check the insulation.
Ice jams and heavy snow loads will cause you plenty of costly problems. The roof leaks, structural damage and high energy bills are only a handful. The first thing you can do is clean out of your roof the excess snow and thaw the ice dams so they don’t cause an immediate problem.