Winter in Cleveland may be beautiful with glistening snow and crystal clear nights, but that doesn’t mean that the fluffy white stuff won’t cause havoc on your home. Everyone knows that Cleveland can get an abundance of snowfall, with an average of 19 inches falling in January.
It goes without saying that we’re in for some snowfall within the next few months. Homeowners need to prepare for its impact on your roof. These are the top 4 problems you should watch out for with your roof this winter:
1. Ice Dams
Ice dams can quickly turn into nightmares for homeowners. They are large blocks of ice that form on your roof and gutters. This typically happens when the roof gets warm from heat inside of the attic and melts the snow off the roof. They are most common in areas with a flat pitch roof, which makes it easier for the ice dam to grip.
Once the ice dam becomes large enough, water can seep underneath the shingles. This will ultimately reach your insulation and it can even drip down through your ceiling. Eventually, the ice dam will break off and it can take your gutter or roof shingles with it.
Icicles may be pretty to look at, but these can also pose a danger to your roof. Although icicles are long and thin, they’re heavier than they appear. They can easily add weight onto your gutter and pull it right off your house, which leads to an expensive repair bill.
If you notice icicles forming on your roof this winter, grab a ladder and knock them down with a snow rake. This is a metal scraper on a pole that can easily each your roof.
Roof condensation in the winter occurs when humid air meets the cool, dry air of your attic. The moisture eventually collects on the surface of your roof as water droplets or frost.
Attic fans are a critical component for your roof, especially in the winter. If you don’t notice condensation forming and it continuously builds, it can lead to wood rot and even mold or mildew growth. An attic fan can help reduce moisture and keep condensation away from your attic and roof.
4. Excessive Snow Loads
We already wrote a blog post about the weight of snow on your rooftop. However, it’s certainly worth mentioning again since heavy and compacted snow can lead to roof collapse. Excessive snow loads can lead to issue such as sagging, drafts in your home, and even bending of your roof beam supports.
Keep in mind that roofs are designed to hold around 30 pounds per square foot. If you roof isn’t structurally sound, you may be in for a few headaches this winter.
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