Common Winter Weather Roof Woes – Benefits of Imitation Slate Shingles
Winter weather is on its way in many parts of the United States, and with cold weather comes some potential roof problems like:
- Freeze and Thaw Issues
- Ice Dams
- Snow Slides
Perhaps as a home or business owner you have experienced some of these issues and therefore are looking into imitation slate shingles or a cedar shake alternative to replace your natural slate or shake roof.
Or perhaps you have heard of these woes from friends or neighbors and therefore are looking for roofing tips to avoid these issues.
Our 50-year roof is a good option to help to avoid potential freeze and thaw issues. Since our products are made of a polymer blend, there is very little expansion and contraction in our shingles. As a result, the crazing, cracking and splitting that happens with natural products and some man made products, is less likely to occur with our shingles.
Another common problem that home and commercial building owners face during the winter is the formation of ice dams. These sometimes beautiful, yet dangerous chunks of ice are formed when melted water re-freezes when it reaches the edge of the roof. This is primarily caused by the absence of heating at the edge of the roof as opposed to other areas where warmth from the attic is present. Roofs that have a low slopes and large overhangs are more susceptible to ice dam formation. Proper attic insulation and ventilation in the house are proven solutions that can be implemented to help prevent ice dams from forming on your roof and creating problems.
Finally, snow slides are also a possible winter weather issue for roofs, which can usually be taken care of with snowguards. Heavy sheet-like chunks of snow and ice can cause serious damage to property and even cause serious injuries. Sloped roofs are particularly susceptible to these types of avalanches and require special consideration in states that are known to have heavy snowstorms and ice dams. Special devices such as snowguards are generally installed on these roofs to hold snow and ice in place until they melt slowly. When this happens, it is less likely to have any problems with ice or snow falling on people or property.
If you would like to read more about how our shingles help with winter weather woes, please check out the following blog posts:
Do you have a DaVinci roof? How do you like it? Did you pick it because of its performance ability in the winter months?