14 JanuaryThe Effect of Snow and Ice on Roofs

Winter is in full swing and that means more snow and ice accumulation. While this can cause inconveniences to your daily life, snow and ice also have a pretty substantial effect on your home—especially your roof. While getting your roof ready for winter should help mitigate the problems that snow and ice can have on your roof, it’s still important to keep an eye out for damages. If you have an especially severe snow or ice storm, always go outside and inspect your roof. If you notice any signs of damage, it’s important to get them fixed as soon as possible to avoid further, more expensive problems from manifesting.

  • Causes Excessive Stress

The more pressure that’s put on your roof, the more stress it takes. The more stress your roof has over time, the faster it deteriorates and the weaker it becomes. The extra weight from snow and ice can be intense and can threaten the structural integrity of your roof. 

  • Increases Formulation of Ice Dams

When ice accumulates due to poor or improper attic ventilation, ice dams can form. Ice dams occur at the edges of your roof and can cause major damage to the structural integrity. Additionally, ice dams present dangerous situations for people walking around the roof. 

  • Creates a Dangerous Freeze-Thaw Cycle

Temperatures drop, snow melts, temperatures rise, and the water freezes again. This is a dangerous freeze-thaw cycle that can lead to cracks, leaks, and irreparable shingle damage. If you notice any cracks, no matter how small, get them fixed as soon as possible. If you don’t, water will continue to break the cracks open and cause more serious problems.

  • Risk of Gutter Damage

Ice dams, freeze-thaw cycles, and the weight of snow all increase the likelihood that you’ll experience gutter damage. This can either be small and localized or can affect the entire drainage system of your roof.

  • Potential Roof Collapse

If your roof is already in a weakened state, snow and ice can cause the entire thing to collapse. This is extremely dangerous, especially if you’re inside when it happens. While it’s less common than the other issues, it’s worth noting and should not be overlooked. Make sure to get regular roof inspections to ensure everything is strong and intact. 

If you experience any of these harsh effects of snow or ice on your roof, don’t hesitate to call the professionals at Elysian Construction. Our roofing contractors will come out, make an inspection, and fix any damage or problems that you have before they get worse. At Elysian Construction, we’re here to help you mitigate the effects of snow and ice on your roof this winter and beyond.