Snow-capped houses are charming, but don’t be fooled by their delicate beauty. Snow has a great deal of weight, and that weight increases immensely when rain, ice, and sleet are added to the mix. Two feet of snow on the average-sized roof can be the equivalent of 38,000 pounds or 19 tons. Complicating matters more, the melting of this mass can cause water seepage, which can rot roofs, destroy insulation, flood attics, ruin gutters and damage the interior of your home.
The obvious sign that a roof is about to give way is sagging. Also, if you hear creaking, cracking, popping sounds, you should get out of the building as quickly as possible, as these are strong indicators of an imminent collapse. Severe roof leaks, bowed pipes attached at the ceilings, cracks in the walls or masonry, doors that pop open, as well as doors or windows that are difficult to open also sign people should look for. If you have any of these call Statewide Roofing, 24 hours a day we can send someone to assess the condition of your roof.
Roof and gutter systems are designed to capture and redirect rain and snow away from the home, keeping your walls and foundation safe from water damage. But each winter, the functionality of many roof and gutter systems is called into question as fluctuating temperatures cause snow to melt and then refreeze on the edge of the roof, creating a dam.