Mother Nature and Your Home: How Snow and Ice Can Impact Your Roof

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You may love the winter weather, but no one likes dealing with the issues that snow and ice can present you roof. At Rutter Roofing, we are here to protect your home from those troublesome winter elements. Let’s take a look at a few common problems that could affect your roof as winter weather quickly approaches!

Ice Dams Create Dicey Situations

Due to chaotic winter weather and poorly ventilated attics, the snow above the warm parts of your home can melt and trickle down to colder parts of your roof, where they freeze. If this occurs, roof runoff is prevented and creates standing water, ultimately resulting in water damage that can affect not only your roof, but the interior of your home as well.

Icicles Can Form on Gutters

When gutters are clogged with leaves, dirt and other debris, the odds of the snow and ice on your roof melting and turning into icicles are high. Although icicles may be nice to look at, they can also be extremely heavy. This may add increased pressure on your roof, causing damage to your gutters.

Snow and Ice Can Lead to Leaky Skylights

The weep holes that surround your skylight are meant to release the condensation from within your home, however, snow and ice frequently block them up in the winter. When this happens, the condensation gets trapped and leaks into your home, causing water damage inside your home. Not only can this lead to roofing repairs, it could cause you to replace some of your home’s carpeting and furniture.

Snow Accumulation Puts Added Pressure on Your Roof

After a snowstorm, your roof could be covered with a thick layer of snow. This can cause increased pressure on your roof, making damage or even a collapse possible. To make sure this doesn’t occur, it is important to maintain routine roof maintenance to ensure your roof can handle the treacherous winter elements.

If you’re afraid of how the snow and ice may impact your roof this winter—or if past winters have already left their mark—the roofing experts at Rutter Roofing can help! Whether you need shingles replaced, leaky skylights fixed or your roof replaced, contact the team at Rutter Roofing today.

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