The recent snow storms in New York will forever change the way that we view winter weather in Michigan. It seems like only yesterday that many houses in New York were plagued with roof collapses. When there is snow buildup on a roof, it is called an ice dam. Though a snow covered roof can be beautiful in the winter, it can cause serious damage if not handled correctly.
Did you know that only 2 feet of snow can add about 38,000 pounds of extra weight to your roof? Any additional weight to your roof can add stress or weaken the structure of it. If snow is not properly removed, it can melt and cause additional issues.
When heavy snow melts, it can cause:
- Roof Rotting
- Destruction of
- Attic Flooding
- Additional damage to the inside of your home
Properly Removing Snow From The Roof
Did you know that the extra weight of a person on the roof can be enough to make it collapse? There is a better way to remove snow from your roof than doing it yourself with a shovel. You could use a roof rake to remove the snow from the roof. The cost of the roof rake varies based on how high your roof is. Because the rake comes with an extended handle, you could safely remove the snow from the ground. With slow downward strokes, start from the edge and work your way up. Only aim to take a few inches off the roof. If you scrap the roof clean, it could cause damage to the shingles.
Signs That Your Roof is Collapsing:
- Sagging Roof
- Creaking, cracking , or popping sounds
- Doors that pop open
- Severe roof leaks
- Cracks in the wall
If you suspect that your roof is going to collapse, leave the building as quickly as possible and get a new roof.