After the record-breaking snowfalls, many homeowners may wonder about their roofs’ safety and structural integrity under heavy snowfall. With the proper precautions, however, you can avoid damage and ensure that your roof is properly maintained throughout the winter months.
One of the main concerns with heavy snow on a roof is the potential for collapse. This can occur when the snow’s weight exceeds the roof’s load-bearing capacity. To prevent this, it is important to have your roof inspected by a professional to ensure that it can support the weight of heavy snowfall. Additionally, it is a good idea to remove any excess snow from the roof, either by using a roof rake or by hiring a professional to do so.
Another concern with heavy snow on a roof is the potential for ice dams to form. Ice dams occur when the snow on the roof melts, then refreezes at the roof’s edge, creating a barrier that prevents water from draining correctly. This can lead to leaks and water damage inside the house. To prevent ice dams from forming, it is essential to keep the attic well-insulated and ventilated, so that heat from the house does not escape into the attic and melt the snow on the roof.
It’s also important to consider the surrounding trees; if they have branches that hang over your roof, the heavy snowfall can cause them to snap and fall on your roof, possibly causing damage. It’s advisable to have a professional tree trimmer to remove any branches that could be a potential danger.
In general, it is a good idea to be proactive when it comes to protecting your roof from heavy snowfall. Regular inspections, proper insulation and ventilation, and prompt removal of excess snow can all help to prevent damage and ensure that your roof remains stable throughout the winter.
It’s always better to be safe than sorry, so if you have any doubts, it’s best to contact a professional and have them complete a full inspection of your roof. At Weathersafe Restoration, we safely remove ice dams using a steamer to prevent any damage to your roof. If you happen to get roofing damage this winter, give us a call, and we will repair it for you. We are a full-service roofing company servicing Minnesota and western Wisconsin.