“Historic.” “Epic.” “Unprecedented.” Whatever words the newspeople give it, we can all agree that getting several feet of snow within a couple weeks in Jan/Feb 2015 has put a load on our roofs.
Our crews have been working non-stop to clear roofs of snow and ice dams in Reading and Andover. As of this writing in early February 2015, we expect the snow depth on roofs to continue to be a major issue for homeowners for the next several weeks.
So far we haven’t seen a lot of problems with roof collapse dangers for our residential customers along the North Shore.
The biggest problem for homeowners due to all this snow on roofs is the potential for ice dams and resulting leaks that can cause significant damage to your house.
These icicles are a sign that ice dams are forming along the roof edge and gutters. The snow on the roof acts as insulation for the ice, which is formed from the heat of the house. Our crews remove the snow and then add a snow melt product to the ice which will not damage the shingles, but helps melt the ice. Stay tuned: the equipment is on order so that in 2016 we will be able to remove ice dams with steam, which is the safest (for your roof) and most effective method.
We’ve had cold temperatures so far this winter, but that will change. Spring will come again! If the snow is not removed and we go through several freeze/thaw cycles, the ice dams will worsen and the likelihood of leaks will increase.
Also, the weight of the snow may increase if we get more snow, more thawing, and/or rains, and that could lead to the risk of roof collapse.
If you attempt to remove the snow yourself, please be careful. Or contact us if you would like our crews to clear your roof of snow.