- Published: Monday, 11 January 2021 22:35
At this time of year in winter, there is the risk of snow and ice everywhere, particularly in those cool and chilly mornings.
Of course, usually, people are concerned about how this affects the ground; after all, that’s where people and vehicles can easily slip over and be harmed.
However, it’s important not to forget how this can also affect a roof area, as although it may be out of sight, it can never be quite out of mind.
Therefore, here are three quick tips to ensure you don’t get caught out with a blanket of snow on the roof. After all, it may look pretty, but problems can be lurking behind the scenes:
1. The Weight Factor
If you have a good coat of snow on a roof, maybe a foot or more high, then that is far heavier than what you think. And more importantly, it’s the weight that the roof was not necessarily designed to have.
Therefore, any signs of bowing of the roof joists, or slipped tiles can soon arise – particularly for older period properties or flat roofs.
Plus, even the external guttering as well, which has the weight of snow slipping down the roof pitch, can soon suffer under the strain.
2. The Wind Factor
With snow can come wind, which can cause an even bigger issue to resolve.
Suddenly, snow and rain can be blown into areas of a roof that normally do not receive this; for example, under flashings and coping on parapet walls.
Therefore, watch out for sudden leaks that occur in places that would not usually receive these, as the snow and water finds a whole new course to travel.
3. The Drain Factor
And finally, remember that snow has to eventually melt away and cause a large amount of water on the roof. Think of it as a large sponge suddenly being squeezed-out on the roof.
Plus, add to the fact that the snow's weight is still pressing against the roof, then watch out for leaks springing in places like box gutters where all this water has to try and escape eventually.
Stopping Roof Problems With Ice
As you go through these roof issues that can be caused by snow and ice, you’ll often find that it’s too late once it’s happened.
You can’t suddenly remove all this with a magic wand after it has come down, and therefore you will have to wait for it to thaw out and see what damage is done afterwards.
However, these tips help spot what the issues are when this does happen and also prevent serious damage beforehand.
A well-maintained gutter and roof area well before the snow comes, can help stand up to the weight and water penetration issues that come later.
Therefore, contact us today for further help and advice and a free no-obligation proposal for your own property.