It’s Gonna Snow!

snow-1-aAt least in much of the country, it will. Can your roof handle it? Every year, some locality seemingly gets more than its normal share of snow dumped on it. The picture here shows Royalty employees clearing snow from a northern Indiana roof three winters ago.

Structural load is one thing and every roof will have its breaking point when it comes to weight. The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) has a web page with guidelines for estimating the weight of different types and amounts of snow and ice, as well as other factors that could determine how well a roof might withstand a heavy snow load.

In addition to remaining structurally strong under a lot of snow and/or ice, a roof’s ability to stay watertight in the face of weather extremes is critical. Freeze/thaw. Intense summer heat. Hail. Wind. Rain and snow melt that finds its way into small, unseen cracks and gaps in the roof surface and eventually causes leak issues.

Yes, the elements provide a torture chamber for your roof, and a small problem now can quickly turn into a big problem…next week…next month…or next spring when the upcoming winter’s weather finally melts into springtime.

Will your roof be watertight six months from now? If it’s in need of constant repair now or is more than 15 years old, it may be time to consider a replacement. We invite you to give us a call to discuss your roofing options.