“The harshest conditions that your roof can go through is coming out of winter,” said Shannon Alberts of Security-Luebke Roofing in Green Bay.
We have had a substantial amount of snow, and as the cold drip of winter nears an end… it melts.
“Everything’s frozen and now it’s going to start to heat up, and then you’re going to add some ice, and then it’s going to heat up again,” he said.
That is when ice dams and some aggressive icicles can form in your gutters.
And that can end up being hazardous to your bank account.
“Roofs aren’t designed to hold water,” said Alberts. “They’re designed to shed it. So, once you trap that water, it’s going to find its way into your house.”
And the costs do not stop on the inside.
Snow can be 20 pounds per cubic foot–AKA: heavy.
“Once you get two of those on your roof, that’s exceeding the load that most new construction homes are designed to have,” he said.
If your gutters start looking like this it is probably your cue to take action.
“If you want to rake your roof with all the various types of roof rakes that are out there, you want to reach about where your outside wall would be and bring all that snow down,” said Alberts.
And really, a little raking now could save a lot of cash (and sanity) later.
“If you know your house gets ice dams, being proactive with a roof rake is a lot easier than getting up there and chipping ice out.”
If you are curious about ice dams affecting your home it is often free to get an assessment.