Preventing and Avoiding Roof Collapses

The upcoming winter brings several considerations for homeowners, and one of the most important areas here is your home’s roof. The cold season generally means more precipitation and other stress on the roof, plus may feature significant snow deposits that put far more strain on the roof than the other seasons of the year.

At Knockout Roofing, we can help protect you and your family during the winter season. Our residential roofing repair services include a full range of preparation items for the colder part of the year, including prevention against one of the most disastrous potential events: A roof collapse. While this can happen any time during the year, it’s far more common during the winter – here’s why this is the case, plus some warning signs to watch out for and some tactics you can use to prevent any risk of a roof collapse.

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Heavy Snow

The primary reason why winter is the most common season for roof collapses is the weight of snow and ice. Utah is a state that receives significant snow during the winter months, and when conditions are cold enough, this can turn into ice deposits that stay on the roof for days or weeks at a time.

Simply put, this weight causes major strain on the roof regardless of the material you use. A single cubic foot of dry snow weighs between six and eight pounds, and ice or packed snow weigh even more than this. Consider the size of your roof, and do some basic multiplication – even one foot of dry, unpacked snow on the roof will create literally hundreds or even thousands of pounds of additional pressure on your roof.

Warning Signs

For the reasons above, it’s important to look out for the possible signs of a future roof collapse this time of year. Here are some red flags:

  • Significant leakage that repeats in common areas

  • Noticeable bends or ripples in roof supports, framing or structures

  • Visible sagging present on exterior shingles or even the interior ceiling in upper floors

  • Cracks in exterior masonry

  • Bent or bowed utility pipes near the ceiling

  • Doors or windows that are either tough to open or randomly pop open on their own (due to additional pressure from the roof pushing down on them)

  • Ceiling sprinklers (for fire safety) that have been pushed through ceiling tiles

If you notice any of these signs, contact our roofing repair experts right away so we can inspect your roof and see if fixes need to be made.

Prevention Methods

Here are some basic areas you can consider that will lower your risk of a roof collapse during winter:

  • Remove all dirt and debris from gutters and downspouts so moisture can flow away from the roof easily.

  • Remove any excess snow when it builds up on the roof.

  • Remove deposits like mold, algae and debris that might hold in moisture.

  • Obtain immediate roof service when you notice damage that might become worse over time.

For more on avoiding even the small risk of a roof collapse this winter, or to learn about any of our residential or commercial roofing repair services, speak to the pros at Knockout Roofing today.