Please remember each winter this area get a heavy amount of snow, resulting in snow crushing roofs of homes and buildings. One square foot of snow weighs about five pounds but wet snow can get much heavier, weighing close to 20 pounds or more. When you have a thousand square foot roof, you could potentially have snow weight of 5,000 to 20,000 pounds on it. Rest assured, even older stick trusses were designed to carry a load on your roof of about 40 lbs. per square foot. Today’s engineered trusses can carry 80 to 90 lbs. per square foot leaving plenty of room for snow load.
Stay off your Roof
Do not start climbing onto your roof in a panic, it can be extremely dangerous when it’s snowy or icy. Research has proven that shoveling snow off a home can cause damage to the roof. In fact, the weight of a person pinpointed on a weaker frozen or brittle shingles may cause a bigger structural issues than if you left the snow alone. Please, avoid scraping or chipping of ice because this can damage the roof and lead to leaks the line.
Shingle Storm Damage
Hail, rain and snow an also inflict damage on the shingles of your roof, whether they are made of asphalt, metal, slate or any other material.
Hail damage on an asphalt roof may manifest as a darkened spots where the roofing granules have been displaced, or as holes, cracks, or indentations. In some cases, especially after high winds impact a home, shingles may be blown away altogether. This can cause your roof to leak and result in significant water damage which, if unresolved, will cause mold to grow and wood to rot. Even more serious damage can even cause your roof to collapse.
Wood, Metal, Tile, & Slate:
Other types of roofing shingles, such as wood, metal, tile, or slate, may also suffer significant storm damage. Each of these shingle types will have its own distinctive indications of being damage. If you suspect your roof may be damaged or are unsure of what to look for, schedule an inspection as soon as you can. It never hurts to check — especially when the inspection is free! Just give Elite Exteriors a call and we will come ASAP! Too many homeowners wait until it's too late to have their roof inspected and schedule in a storm damage restoration. Don’t let this happen to you! Have a full, free, no strings attached inspection performed by professional.