The winter weather forecast for your area is not looking too good. There is a winter storm headed your way. As a homeowner, your big worry may be to make sure your water doesn't freeze and you have access to a generator. However, your roof should be one of the things that are on your mind. Residential roofs commonly get damaged during winter storms, and these damages can sometimes be pretty severe. Take a look at some of the reasons roof damage is common after a bad winter storm.
Snow and ice accumulation can cause water damage to the roof.
Water damage can occur because it takes so long for the snow or ice to melt away on the roof. This is especially a problem in areas that receive high amounts of accumulation during winter storms and where the temperatures stay at or below freezing for several days or weeks after the storm is over. As the weight of the snow and ice bears down on the roof and shingles and gradually melts, it means parts of your roof can be exposed to moisture for a lot longer than the roof is built to handle. Therefore, water damage to the roof can be a big problem.
Ice-coated branches can fall on the roof.
Ice is heavy, so when you have a winter storm that involves freezing rain that accumulated on the trees that surround your home, you can have a major roof threat hanging out all around you. The excess weight of the ice can bring down heavy branches. When these branches fall onto the roof, it can damage shingles, punch holes through the roof, or cause a whole list of other problems. To make matters worse, if the roof is already covered with ice and snow, the heavy, ice-coated branches can be difficult to remove.
Heavy layers of ice and snow can create structural damage to the roof.
If a winter storm goes on for a long time, you can see several inches of snow and ice accumulate up on the roof. This excess accumulation can be a lot of heavy weight for the roof to bear. If you have a metal roof, the heavy weight can cause the sheets to bend and bow. If you have shingles, the excess weight can push downward on the shingles and cause buckling. In severe situations, you can even see structural damage and roof cave-ins.
If your roof has been damaged by a winter storm, contact local storm damage specialists for help.