We're getting into the heart of winter, and that means snow in many areas across Ohio. At this time of the year, our weather can be quite unpredictable, so you never know when the snow might fall. Before it gets too heavy, though, it is a good idea to evaluate the condition of your roof to ensure it can withstand any snowfall your home might receive. Here's what you need to know.
How Much Snow Is Too Much?
Particularly in cold areas, roofs are constructed to withstand a certain amount of snow, typically about 20 pounds per square foot. This equates to about 4 feet of loosely packed snow or 2 feet for denser snow. It is important to note, though, that these are just general guidelines; the specific capacity of your roof may be higher or lower. Check with your home's builder or with a qualified contractor to find out for sure.
What Are Ice Dams, and Why Are They So Dangerous?
As you heat the interior of your home when the temperature drops outside, that heat rises, warming the underside of your roof. This causes the deepest snow to melt, and the resulting run-off trickles down your roof. When it reaches the eaves, the temperature is much lower, as this portion of your house extends beyond its edges and doesn't have access to the heat from inside. Thus, the water refreezes, leaving behind a layer of ice. Over time, this ice can prevent water from running off your roof, leading to pools on top of your roof. That standing water can then soak in between your roof tiles or shingles, causing extensive water damage, which can be quite costly to repair.
How Can I Optimize My Roof for Snowy Conditions?
If you are building a new home, it is a good idea to construct the house with a steep roof. This way, the snow can slide off as it gets heavier, relieving the pressure on your roof. Even if your home doesn't have this style of roof, you can still take precautions to prevent the snow on top of your house from getting too dense. Use a snow rake to pull snow off your roof periodically, and be alert for any signs of damage, like jammed windows or doors, cracks in your home's exterior, frequent creaking noises and water damage. An experienced contractor can help you maintain your roof before the damage becomes too severe.
Wayne Overhead Door Sales & Home Improvements Can Help
If you are interested in updating your home with a roof that is better-equipped to handle Ohio's snowy winters, get in touch with the experts here at Wayne Overhead Door Sales and Home Improvements. We'll be happy to inspect the current condition of your roof so that we can advise you as to the next steps. Call today to get started!