The Effects of Snow & Ice on Roofing
The recent cold weather across the nation has once again brought the importance of rooftop snow removal into the public consciousness. It’s easy to forget about your roof on a cold, wintry day. It’s out there, in the cold, doing what it’s supposed to do, but without your help, it may not be in good shape for very long. Cold weather and snow can have some seriously negative effects on the one thing standing between you and the elements – your roof.
One of the downfalls of living in the Chicago area is the dramatic temperature swings possible during the winter months. It can be 50 degrees one day and freezing the next. Worse still, this can go on day after day after day. This kind of temperature fluctuation can create problems for your roof in the form of ice dams and icicles.
An ice dam is caused when the warmth from your home or the sun begins to melt the snow on your roof. When that meltwater hits the edge of your roof it can refreeze if temperatures are low enough. This refreezing causes ice to form and accumulate along your roof edge. This damming effect creates a cycle that can lead, if untreated, to serious damage or even failure of your roof.
The ice dams continue to trap moisture and feed themselves, all the while getting heavier and heavier. The water held behind this ice dam can seep under the shingles of your roof and refreeze causing even more problems. This water will also begin to form icicles which can cause serious hazards for those passing underneath.
Once an ice dam has formed, there are no real good options other than calling a professional snow removal company like Chicago Roofing Solutions. We can quickly assess the problems, offer a free estimate for service, and get to work clearing the dams from your roofing. We’ll also check your gutters to ensure they haven’t pulled away from the building and are clear of obstruction.
If you own property in the Chicago area and have noticed ice formations or possible damage to your structure, call the experts at Chicago Roofing Solutions today at (312) 588-6969. Our prompt and professional crew will assist you with whatever issues you have and even recommend a comprehensive roof maintenance program that includes snow removal services. It’s the best way to safeguard your property from the ravages of Chicago winters, and, best of all, it’s 100% guaranteed.