Late Season Snowstorms, Dangers To Roofs, Roofers, And You

Late season snowstorms have pummeled the Midwest and Northeast. Cities and states were blasted with several feet of snow at a time when most residents were watching the leaves of their flowers sprout from the ground. While this is a truly defeating and frustrating event, it is nothing compared to what that much snow can do to your roof. The multiple dangers to your roof require immediate attention, and roofing services can help. Here is how.

Clearing Snow from Your Roof

Imagine two-plus feet of snow accumulated on your roof. A lot of the snow that fell in the Midwest was not just snow; it was a mix of snow and freezing rain. This mixture tends to make snow a lot heavier than just fluffy snow, increasing the potential for roof damage and collapsed roofs. If you can, hire a roofer to come out and pull the snow down from your roof to prevent the weight of this dense, wet stuff from causing a cave-in into your attic.

Checking the Roof for Damage

If you already heard some creaks and groans over your head, ask a roofer to peek into the attic and look at the roof above. If there are already signs of damage from the weight of the snow, you will need to have that repaired right away. Otherwise rain (and any other surprise snowstorms!) could cause extensive water damage.

Fixing a Collapsed Roof

Sadly, there were several collapsed roof incidents during the recent mid-spring snowstorms. The damage was on par with what some of the worst tornadoes can do. If your own roof is counted among those that did not survive the storms, get a repair estimate from a few roofers. Then file a claim with your homeowner's, commercial or business insurance to fix the roof. Given the weather as of late, you will need the roofing contractor to get to work right away.

Avoiding Ice Dams

Even after you have removed several feet of heavy snow from your roof, there is still the possibility of ice dams. Ice dams occur when some of that snow has already melted, headed for your gutters, but then freezes up again. This creates a problem because the next melting opportunity will leave the melted snow with no place to go but through the openings under shingles in your roof! Your roofer can help you prevent that as well by placing rock salt on the roof and gutter heaters in the gutters.