Snow impacts your home's roof

By: Clare Kaley Email
By: Clare Kaley Email

Icicles on your home might look pretty, but they are a sign of less than perfect insulation inside. That insulation could cost you tens of thousands of dollars in damage, if you do not fix the problem.

Your roof, and how it is insulated, can mean big problems in the winter.

"The biggest problem with ice damming is the ice dam will actually back up into your home," said Bryan Londerville, owner of A-Rite Construction and Roofing, "and it can leak into your house, which will cause a mold problem."

Londerville says ice damming is caused when heat is lost from the home due to poor insulation. That heat melts the ice or snow, and the water can get underneath your home's shingles.

Besides looking for icicles of ice damming, Longerville says you need to be aware of how much weight your roof can hold, and know the best way to get rid of the snow.

"Biggest thing is when it gets really compact, weight heavy snow, is taking a rake, and raking it off, but not touching the shingles, you only want to take some of it off, you do not want that rake hitting the shingles," explained Londerville.

There are roof rakes that allow you to stay safely on the ground and still clear the snow off of your roof.

Many owners may think sidewalk salt is safe for their roofs. Londerville says it is a bad choice, the salt can burn through burn your shingles.

If you notice ice damming on your home, call an insulation and roofing expert. Cost depends on the type of roof your home has, and how much insulation is inside.

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