The roof is an essential part of a home, which means it can be one of the more expensive parts to repair or replace. It’s exposed and vulnerable to the elements, meaning it’s susceptible to weather damage. Although many people may not realize it, this can be especially true during the winter. Surprisingly, there are many myths surrounding shingled roofs, roofing and the winter. Below are three of those myths and the truth behind them.
Myth 1: Leaks are Less Likely During the Winter
Many homeowners believe that frozen precipitation lowers the risk of roof leaks. Although frozen, this precipitation also slowly melts, meaning moisture from snow and/or ice travels down the roof beams and into the dry wall. Melting snow is more likely to lead to a roof leak than rain. This is because roofs are designed to combat falling rain, not snow or ice. Moisture that freezes, melts or refreezes can cause more damage to your shingles, flashing and other structures on your roof. For example, ice can pull shingles apart and allow moisture to seep through.
Myth 2: Roofs Can Support Any Amount of Snow
Canadian winters can be harsh with plenty of snow, snow that could cause a roof to cave in or suffer irreparable damage. Roofs are strong enough to hold average loads, not hundreds or thousands of pounds of snow. So, there is a threshold for how much snow your roof can hold. Heavy snowfall isn’t uncommon in Canada, so be aware that the weight of it could cause severe damage to your roof and your home. The best way to combat buildup from heavy snow fall is to hire a professional to remove it from your roof.
Myth 3: Roofs Can’t Be Replaced During the Winter
This one is partially a myth; you see, while most people wait until late spring or summer to have their roofs replaced, some put off replacing a roof that is in really poor condition, only to have it obliterated by extreme winter weather. Edmonton roofing companies like our own don’t recommend replacing a shingled roof in the winter because the shingles can crack and fail to properly adhere, but replacements are possible in emergency situations. The best course of action is always to plan ahead and to have your roof replaced before the snow flies.
If you’re in need of a roof repair, don’t delay! Give us a call and let’s ensure your home or business has the protection it needs.