Watch Out for Winter Roofing Emergencies!
Winter is here! There’s no doubt – Michigan winters are beautiful, but that beauty can come with a cost. As temperatures fall and snow piles up, the condition of your roof is even more critical. The cold, ice and snow take a toll on your roof and can create damage and expensive problems if you and your roof aren’t prepared. A roof replacement now can save you money later.
Michigan winters are harsh!
The fluctuating temperatures and precipitation in Michigan can damage your roof!
Condensation – Where warm indoor air touches cold windows and outer walls, condensation can form. Some condensation is unavoidable, but too much can be a problem. The dampness can contribute to mold and mildew in your home, which can be a health hazard and cause damage to your home.
Snow leaks – We all enjoy those winter days when the sun is bright and the temperature rises above freezing for a little while before it dips back to brrr-worthy. But those ups and downs can cause leaks and ice dams. The warmup melts snow and ice, which then seep into cracks and seams on the roof, causing water damage. When it refreezes, the ice can cause further damage. Double whammy!
Ice dams – Snow and ice on the higher elevations of your roof melt on warmer days and the water flows down towards the gutters. Gutters that are clogged with leaves or ice stop the flow, creating an ice dam that keeps water, snow, and ice from draining off the roof. That water needs a place to go. When it can’t drain off the roof, it may end up seeping through cracks and joints into your attic, where it can cause damage and mold. The ice dam can also push gutters away from your roof. Not only that, ice dams put extra weight on your roof.
Snow load – Snow may look light and fluffy when it’s falling, but when it builds up on your roof it can get heavy! That weight is called snow load and it can be dangerous. As it builds up, growing heavier and heavier, it can damage your roof. In extreme cases, it can cause your roof to cave in, making an emergency roof replacement necessary.
Icicles – Sparkly and pretty, dangerous and damaging, icicles are formed when warmth from the attic melts snow and ice, which can then refreeze as it drips off the roof. Clogged gutters and downspouts make it worse. Icicles can be dangerous if they break free and fall on people or pets. If they’re heavy enough, they can also damage the roof and gutters.
How can you protect your home?
You can’t control the weather, but you can take steps to protect your home before it gets any worse. Michigan’s winter lows, snowfall, and temperature variations are tough on your roof. Snow removal, proper insulation, and attic ventilation can help. So can regular inspections to check for damage before the snow flies.
Even better, Roofman USA can help!
Did we mention Roofman USA roofs come with a lifetime guarantee?
With our one-day installation and 100% no-leak and lifetime workmanship guarantees, we can stop your roof problems in their tracks – even in winter – and give you peace of mind for years to come. Contact us today to schedule your inspection and get your guaranteed estimate.