Wintertime in much of the US is synonymous with snow. And where there’s snow – well a lot of things happen when there’s too much snow. While it may turn your home into a picturesque getaway, it can also cause costly damage. Our least favorite occurrence during blizzards, and the most dangerous, is collapsing roofs. Avoid wintertime disasters by knowing the signs to look for when it comes to roof damage.
Signs to look for…
- Leaks – Internal leaks come from external cracks. If your roof is leaking, that means its structure has been compromised.
- Sounds – While indoors, do you hear irregular creaks? Is the area of your doorways changing and causing doors to open on their own? These symptoms while small can indicate a very large problem, and may be reason to vacate your home immediately to avoid a collapse.
- Sagging – This is probably the easiest way to tell that your roof is about to go. If it is sagging from the inside or outside, or if it’s bending any of the ceiling structure or pipes, that roof is on it’s way out.
- Snow – More than a couple of inches of snow on any roof is not good. If you get caught in a snowstorm, be proactive and clear some snow from your roof when the weather clears up. Gradual buildup of snow and ice during the winter is the quickest way to ensure you are going to need a new roof.
Solutions for snow removal…
It’s all about being proactive. The best way to avoid costly roof repairs is to make sure your home is ready when there is severe weather on the horizon. Attic insulation can help roofs from becoming to cold, and causing ice to build up. Another solution is to keep your gutters clear. Ice buildup in gutters can cause a lot of extra weight as well as compromised draining as the snow begins to melt. Finally, after a snowstorm, raking your roof is the best way to relieve your home from extra roof tension. Roof rakes are even designed to be used from the safety of the ground, so don’t worry about walking on the roof when it’s icy out.
Severe weather is often a difficult event to prepare for. If your busy schedule isn’t allowing you enough time to prepare for winter storms – give Handyman Matters a call. Our craftsmen can take a look at your roof and help decide what your best solution would be – whether it’s replacing the roof altogether, adding insulation, or simply raking off old snow and ice, we have you covered. Give us a call today 866-FIX-MY-HOME, or head fill out our free estimate box at the top of this page.