3 Problems That Excess Snow Can Cause To Your Roof

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When you live somewhere that gets a lot of snow, you need to make sure that you keep an eye on the amount of snow on your roof. Too much snow on your roof can cause damage, so you need to know what type of damage to keep an eye out for and how to prevent snow build-up on your roof.

1. Excess Snow Can Cause Your Roof Deck to Sag

Under your roof is a roof deck. Your roof deck is generally made out of some type of plywood. Your plywood is able only to hold a certain amount of weight. If you live in a climate with regularly gets a lot of snow, your roof was probably built with a stronger roof deck. If you live in an area that only occasionally gets a lot of snow, your roof deck may not be built to handle a lot of snow.

Over time, excessive weight on your roof can damage your roof deck. This can cause your roof deck to sag. Sometimes you can see your roof sagging from the outside of your home, and other times you can see your roof sagging from inside your attic. A sagging roof deck is a real problem. You may be able to add beams to reinforce your roof deck, or you may have to replace your roof and your roof deck, which is a completely tear off.

2. Excess Snow Can Weight Down the Frame of Your Home

Lots of snow can put weight not just on your roof, but on the frame of your home. Excess snow can push your frame downward and cause damage to the frame of your home. You can see this type of damage around your windows and doors. You may have doors that seem to get stuck. Your door fame may seem off. This can be caused from the pressure of the snow on your roof.

3. Excess Snow Can Lead to Water Leaks

When you have lots of snow on your roof, it can take a long time for the snow to melt. Have you ever noticed how snow can stick around for weeks after it fell, especially when the snow is compacted? This can happen on your roof as well, which can lead to water leaks. Snow can sneak around damaged shingles and flashing, and lead to water leaks.

If you live in an area that gets a lot of snow, you are going to want to invest in a roof rake, so you can remove the excess snow on your roof. It is okay to have a few inches of snow on your roof; however, you don't want to leave a foot of snow or more sitting on your roof. This can cause serious damage to your home, so in addition to removing the snow from your sidewalks, make sure that you remove the snow from the roof as well.

For more information, contact your local roofing repair service. 

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