Posted on: November 14, 2014
Last winter, significant roof collapses in New Jersey served as a reminder to reassess roofing conditions in cold, wet seasons. Learn what signs to look for, what damage can occur, and how to prevent winter from costing severe damage to your home or business.
Typically flat roofs are most vulnerable to snow damage, because they easily accumulate heavy snow that causes strain. When the weight of snow becomes too much, the roof is compromised. Slanted roofs are not exempt from snow damage, but flat roofs should be especially monitored and evaluated on a regular basis.
MarketWatch.com’s Personal Finance Editor Amy Hoak researched winter roofing damage and talked with industry professionals who projected roof repair costs to fall between $200-$1,000. Yet scheduling repairs is a significant savings compared to a total roof replacement. The lesson: prevention and maintenance are key.
The picturesque icicles that hang from eaves are actually a roofing red flag. They can signal that an ice dam has built, according to building products company CertainTeed. Ice dams, house heat, and cold temperatures create a vicious cycle of “freeze and thaw,” where snow turns to water, then back to ice, which builds up on the edge of the roof and blocks water from flowing off. Water buildup can then enter the house via the roof.
Prevent winter damage rather than rebounding from it later. Use this checklist to winterize your roof and prepare for this winter and future seasons.
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