Is Your Roof Ready for the First Ice of the Year?
Ice…in Georgia? Depending
on where you live in our great state you can expect per winter. Is your roof ready for the
inevitable strain of ice?
Accent Roofing sees far too many homeowners caught off guard
by the damage ice can do! Here’s how to tell whether your roof is up for what
winter has in store.
Shingles, Flashing, and Attachments
Ice is most damaging to the parts of your roof that can detach. When water gets
underneath your shingles, flashing, and other attached components (like
antennas) and freezes, it expands. This constant contraction and expansion
leads to detachment of your roof’s critical infrastructure and specifically,
the parts that are supposed to keep it sealed! When the sealed components of
your roof stop working correctly, and when it comes to roofing, water is the enemy.
You might be surprised to find out that one of the most common issues people
report to us after an ice storm is broken or detached gutters. Why does this
happen? Because gutters that are clogged with leaves and debris can’t
effectively filter water away from the house. When that standing water freezes,
it expands! This causes gutters to bend, break, and become far heavier than
their supports are intended to handle. Keep your gutters clean and talk to your
roofer about investing in gutter guards if you have a lot of overhanging trees.
One of the untold dangers of ice, particularly here in the southeast where we
don’t usually get a lot of it, is
added weight. Ice is incredibly heavy. If an ice storm hits and lingers for
more than a day or so, your roof is going to be under a lot of extra strain.
When your roof is already structurally compromised due to unmitigated repairs
or even old age, that extra weight can actually be dangerous. If you’ve been
putting off much-needed roof maintenance until the spring, don’t wait; do it
The insulation inside your attic can drastically alter how well your roof
responds to ice. Heat rises, so the highest layer of your roof is likely to be
the warmest; that’s where ice will melt first. If your insulation and
ventilation systems are working properly, the temperature differential between
the top and bottom of your roof won’t be all that significant. If it’s off
kilter, you could end up with what’s known as an “ ” near the edge of your roof which can quickly lead to leakage.
Talk to your roofer about how well the insulative properties of your roof are
prepared for winter.
Ready to shore up your property for the coming months? It
might not be Minnesota, but north Georgia gets cold weather, too. Ice is
something you can’t ignore, and statistics tell us we’ll be getting at least one
significant ice event this year. Reach out to your friends at Accent Roofing
to assess your property before inclement weather hits. Now’s the time.
Call us today to book your on-site roofing inspection:
Source: Roofing Maintenance