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Greeley Roofing: Article About How Does Snow Damage A Roof?

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Snow can be beautiful, but too much of it can pose a threat to the stability and overall structure of your roof. It presses down on your house, leading to warped shingles, roof rot, water damage and a very high risk of collapse. Even just a foot and a half of snow can devastate your Greeley roofing. As charming as it looks, snow on a rooftop is very serious, and not many homeowners are aware of the destruction it can cause. Here's how snow and other winter weather conditions can damage a roof.

If you're in an area that is experiencing heavy snowfall, you can expect snow to compress itself as it falls onto any given surface. This, obviously, includes your rooftop. As more pressure is applied, your roof will be at risk of collapsing under the strain. If you live in a home with a flat roof, you should be even more concerned as the surface area is not pitched enough to handle excessive amounts of snow and ice sitting on it for long periods of time.

After the snow starts to melt, water will begin running down your roof. It can then seep into your home. If another cold snap occurs, the water could re-freeze and become ice.

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When the ice finally melts, it can scrape along shingles, which weakens them and threatens the structural integrity of your rooftop. In a worst-case scenario, the ice could freeze around the eaves of your house during a cold snap, and then, it can leak more water into your home as it thaws. Coupled with the internal heating of your home, this is a mold growth nightmare waiting to happen. The resulting mold and water damage could severely weaken the walls of your house.

The lovely icicles that snow can form on your roof also pose a massive risk to your home, to you and your family. As the weather warms up after a cold spell, these icicles could drop and fall onto your generator, your discharge lines or even you! You will need to work hard to clear them away safely as soon as you see them.

Try to take a very good look at your roof the next time you're outside shoveling snow and watching the kids play. If it starts to look like there is too much snow piling up on your rooftop, get out your roof rake and start sweeping. If your roof collapses in the middle of winter, you and your family could be left out in the cold in the blink of an eye. Don't be afraid to hire a professional for help if there's too much snow. It's not worth waiting and risking long-term damage to your home.

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