When winter weather damages your roof, it could appear as one of a few types of damage. These types include:
- Ice Dams: An ice dam is a thick ridge of ice that forms at the bottom edge of a sloped roof. They often build up on homes or buildings where the attic or top floor has poor air circulation. If you have ice dams on your roof, they can build up and cause water and snow to build up, too. All this moisture can leak into your attic or top floor. Once the moisture travels into the attic and warms up, it can damage ceilings, walls, and insulation. Ice dams can also cause mildew and mold growth inside your home or commercial building.
- Snow Loads: Snow loads build up on your roof as snowfall occurs throughout the winter. Ice dams can make snow loads worse because they prevent the snow from sliding down and falling off your sloped roof. Snow loads also appear on flat roofs. In both cases, you should have your roofing contractor remove the snow. If you don’t remove snow loads, their weight can build up until your roof collapses. Snow can cause roof leaks, too, if it’s not removed.
- Gutter Damage: Gutter damage from snow loads and ice dams can take its toll on your roof. Ice dams can damage gutters by freezing and melting over them and stopping drainage. Snow loads can damage gutters even further when the snow slides down and off the roof. Both ice dams and snow loads can cause gutters to fall off your roof if you don’t deal with them.
These problems can seriously harm your roof. However, the right roofing contractor can help you prevent these problems.