As Texas heads into cooler weather, local residents should prepare their homes for the chance of a winter storm. While most Texans have now seen the effects a substantial snowfall can have on their home, it’s important to note that the roof is often the area that gets hit the hardest. Here are a few of the ways snow and ice can impact your roof so you can know what to look for when winterizing your home:
That’s right – your house can also experience stress. During a winter storm, your roof suffers from the weight of snow and ice, causing stress. Since many homes in Texas were not built with snow drifts in mind, homeowners need to be mindful of any accumulation of snowfall happening on their rooftop. With enough ice and snow, your roof could begin to leak through to the interior of your home or even worse, cave in.
If there is enough ice accumulating on the roof, it can form ice dams. This is caused by ice and snow melting, flowing down the roof and freezing right at the edge of the roof. Ice dams can cause major gutter damage and may even tear the flashing off the roof.
FREEZE AND THAW
Due to the accumulation of snow and ice, cracks can become present. When water seeps into even the tiniest cracks, this could pose a major issue for your roof. Not only can this cause leaks into your home, but the cracks can become much more prominent. If there is a crack in your roof and the water seeps in, a leak can be caused. However, if the water doesn’t leak and it freezes, the crack can expand causing an increase in size. Even the smallest cracks can expand and can even cause the shingles to move causing even more leaks.
To prevent damage to your roof during these winter months, call Roofing for HOPE for a FREE roof inspection and make sure that your house is in the best condition to withstand the elements.