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How Snow and Ice Impact your Roof

It’s that time of the year again here in Minnesota, where snow and ice are blanketed everywhere. Our roads, cars, roofs, driveways, and everything outside is completely covered. As a homeowner, it is important to understand how these natural winter elements can really affect your home—especially your roof. To help keep your home in top notch shape during the colder months, continue reading our blog to learn how snow and ice impact your roof.

Adding Stress onto Your Roof

You are not the only one that experiences stress, the roof of your home suffers from it as well. During the cold winters, the accumulating snow and ice add significant stress on the roof. These natural weather elements can get extremely heavy and become a burden to your roof. In extreme cases, this may even cause it to cave in. Rainwater will also flow down to the lowest point of your roof and cause ice blocks to form, placing even more strain on your roof. Other issues that can arise are leaks and sagging.

Causing Ice Dams to Form

Ice dams are created when warm air seeps from the edges of your roof and causes the snow near your gutters to melt. That melted snow will then freeze and form into a barrier (or “dam”) around the edge of your roof. Ice dams prevent water from escaping your roof, which then leads to structural damages. Your gutters will become damaged and there’s a chance that they will disconnect from your roof.

Exposing and/or Creating Leaks

Believe or not, the main culprit for roof leaks is snow. Snow will typically find its way underneath your shingles or seeps its way through small cracks in your roof. A leak during the wintertime can make damaged roofs worse and cause serious damage. The snow will melt and soak into the insulation in your walls and ceilings, which then leads to severe water damage and mold.

How to Prevent Damage

To prevent ice and snow from damaging your roof in the future, here are a few things you can do:

  • Replace or repair damages to your roof
  • Have your roof inspected
  • Clean your roof

If you are looking for someone to inspect your roof for free, contact the experts here at Armor Construction!

Contact Armor Construction

At Armor Construction, we understand that the roof of your home is crucial to the protection, structural integrity, and overall value of your home. To prevent your home from experiencing costly damages due to snow and ice, contact our trusted professionals. We can ensure that we will update and properly install your roof, so that it can provide a peace of mind and boost to your property. Contact us today!