How To Prevent a Roof Collapse in Winter

How To Prevent a Roof Collapse in Winter

Heavy snowfall is a constant threat to your roof during the winter months. It’s crucial that you clear all the accumulated snow from your roof and decking to prevent structural collapses. Not only will this save you from the trouble of getting these features fixed, but will help avoid major expenses as well. Here are some things you can do to prevent a roof collapse:

A snow-capped house paints a pretty picture, but all that snow atop your home can be extremely detrimental to the overall condition of your roof. It weighs a lot and the weight increases even further when it rains or sleet and ice fall on it. Even 2’ of snow lying on any average-sized roof structure weighs approximately 19 tons or 38,000 pounds.

The problems that snow causes

This massive weight puts a significant amount of stress on your roof, affecting its strength and resilience. With a change in weather, the melting mass will also cause water seepage which can result in:

  • Roof rot
  • Flooding in attic spaces
  • Damaged gutters
  • Damage inside your house
  • Ruined siding
  • Damaged insulation
  • Other

While it’s imperative that all the snow be removed without delay, you need to be aware of the risks involved. It’s never a good idea for you to simply climb onto the roof wielding a shovel. This is because your weight in addition to the weight of the snow buildup can easily cause a roof collapse.

Signs of a potential roof collapse

A roof collapse isn’t something that happens all of a sudden. There are a number of signs, both big and small that indicate a potential roof disaster such as:

  • Sagging
  • Popping, cracking and creaking sounds
  • Bowing of pipes attached to your ceilings
  • Windows that are jammed or difficult-to-open and shut
  • Doors that pop open
  • Severe roof leaks
  • Cracks in the masonry/walls

How to clear the snow safely

Once the snow starts to build up on the roof or there is ice dam formation, it’s best to use a strong roof rake to clear the snow from the roof. It won’t cost as much as hiring a professional. This tool has an extendable handle, enabling you to remove the snow without having to actually climb up to the roof.

While standing on the ground, start raking the snow from the edges and transition to the rest of the areas, using a downward movement. Shave off a couple of inches of snow from the bottom of the roof. You need to work carefully in order to ensure there isn’t any damage to the shingles. It’s best to use extension poles rather than a ladder when removing all the snow. A longer rake can be used to reach all the higher sections of the roof structure.  For a proper inspection call the expert Glen Ellyn Roofing Company, Midwest Premier Construction.

The better and safer way to go about this job is to hire a professional for the job. For information on our services, contact Midwest Premier Construction. You can call (630) 808-6493 or fill in this web form for a free quote.