If you've never lived in a region that experiences heavy snowfall, you may not realize the danger your roof faces during the winter. Heavy snowfall can destroy a roof, especially if the snowpack gets too heavy. In fact, a large accumulation of snow, can actually cause your roof to collapse. Here are some warning signs you should be aware of.
Doors and Windows Won't Open
As the snow builds up on your roof, the added weight puts pressure on your home's wood frame. As that happens, your doors and windows will have a difficult time opening. This is caused by the pressure being applied to those areas of your home. Try spraying your doors and windows with a small amount of silicon spray lubricant. If your doors and windows still won't open properly, you should contact a roofing contractor as soon as possible. Your roof may be about to collapse.
Unexplained Cracks in Your Walls
Take a look around your home. You'll want to look for cracks that have recently developed. Pay close attention to the areas around your doors and windows. Heavy snowpack on your roof can cause cracks in your interior and exterior walls. If you have a basement, you should also inspect those walls. Look for small cracks around the masonry joints. Those small cracks may be a warning sign that your roof is unable to withstand the weight of the snowpack.
Unusual Sounds from Roof
Listen to the sounds your roof is making. Unusual sounds can also be a warning sign of impending roof collapse. If your previously quiet roof is suddenly snapping, crackling and popping, you should contact a roofing contractor immediately. It's a good idea to make a note of the areas where you hear the unusual sounds. This information will help your contractor locate the problem areas.
Sagging of the Roof
Take a look in your attic. The attic will allow you to take a close look at your roof from the underside. Look for any areas that might be sagging. Prior to a roof collapse, your roof structure will begin to sag under the pressure of the added weight. If you see any sagging, leave the attic immediately and all your roofing contractor.
Snow can cause significant damage to your roof. During the winter, you should keep the snow cleared from your roof as much as possible. If you notice any of the warning signs presented here, call a roofing contractor as soon as possible. Your roof may be in danger of collapsing.
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