How Icy Weather Affects Your Roof

icy weather on roofs

The cold weather is upon us. Ice is wide spread across the country with temperatures below zero.  We all know to keep the faucets dripping at night. Our customers have asked us how icy weather affects your roof.

Ice Dams

Watch out for ice dams. They are a wall of ice that forms on the edge of your roof. Your home is warmer than the air outside and causes snow on your roof to melt. It drips down and refreezes at your roof’s edge. The problem with this is that the resulting ice causes water to not drain off your roof. Unfortunately, the water can end up inside your home and cause a lot of damage and thousands of dollars will fly out the door for repairs!

Make sure your gutters are cleared out.  Yes, it’s cold out there and cleaning gutters is the last thing you want to be doing right now. However, knowing it can prevent massive damage, it’s worth being really cold outside for a bit. (Or, hire professionals to do it for you!)

icy weather on roofs


If you haven’t already, consider installing gutter guards to keep debris out of the gutters and keep your roof safe.

Keep in mind that your home insurance policy may be void if the damage was caused by something that could have been avoided by proper maintenance.

Roofs are often damaged in the winter due to ice buildup on trees near the home. Weak branches can fall, or entire trees can topple over, causing you to not only need roof repairs, but some people have had entire rooms of their home destroyed by falling trees.

Take a quick look around your home and trim any branches that are too close to your roof. If needed, contact professional tree trimmers to do the job for you.

If you find your roof damaged this winter, contact your local, certified and insured roofing company, like Cornerstone Roofing. They will come to your home and provide an estimate at no charge.  


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