As an Illinois and Missouri roofing contractor, we’d like to briefly explain to you a few of the dangers that ice and snow pose to your roof. It’s a wise choice to schedule an inspection with a professional roofing company before winter to confirm that your home is ready to withstand the oncoming weather, allowing time to service any roof repair concerns that may be found and need to be addressed.
If an attic is not ventilating properly and becomes too warm it will begin to melt the snow above it while the snow or ice at the edges of the roof will remain frozen due to temperature fluctuation. This creates standing water by inhibiting proper runoff to the guttering system and can potentially cause serious damage. Maintaining adequate attic ventilation is crucial to prevention.
Gutters that are filled with leaves, dirt, and debris promote the development of icicles when the air temperature falls below freezing while the sun is heating up the outer surfaces of your home. Icicles can become ridiculously heavy and could damage your gutters, fascia, and even the roof itself.
If and when water finds its way into small cracks on your roof during the winter months, it will expand when it freezes and cause more damage by widening the opening. Over time this cycle repeats allowing a little more water in during each occurrence and promotes leaks and cave-in risks.