Roof Snow and Ice Dam Removal
Canadian winters regularly see months of heavy snow. As Canadians, we all know the importance of taking care of ourselves in this potentially dangerous climate, changing our snow tires, bundling up, watching out for black ice, and more. We know how important Snow Removal is for us. But have you thought about protecting your roof?
It’s no secret that Ottawa Roofs get a lot of heavyweight from snowfalls, but what many don’t know is that the excessive buildup of snow can often cause your roof deck to warp and in extreme cases, even collapse. The most common form of damage occurs when the snow melts and then refreezes at the edge of your roof. This is referred to as ice damming, which can lead to trapped water underneath the shingles and water leakage through the roof deck and nail holes.
Some of the signs that there is too much weight on your roof include the following:
- Leaks in the home, watermarks in the ceiling
- Exterior doors and windows are suddenly harder to open or if they pop open on their own
- Deformed structure and support/framing
- The best way to check is to look into the attic and see if any wood is cracked or sagging
- Cracks in the exterior masonry
- Sagging in the interior ceiling or exterior roofline
- If there is a sudden dip or sag where there isn’t supposed to be
If you’re experiencing any of these signs, it’s important to contact a roofing expert as soon as possible. At Vanity Ottawa Roofing, our 24/7 EMERGENCY TEAM is prepared to expertly handle the issue quickly and efficiently. It’s always better to take precautions and address the issue soon than wait until a more serious problem, like irreparable damage or a roof collapse.
WARNING: It is crucial to be aware that the Snow Removal and ice from your rooftop without the help of an experienced professional with specialized equipment can be extremely dangerous. Always consult a roofing expert to help you with your roofing needs.
Sloped roofs are the most common residential structures in Canada because they allow snow to easily and quickly fall off the roof, avoiding buildup and extra weight. On the other hand, the structural design of lower sloped roofs inherently allows for more snow buildup, which could potentially become very dangerous. Two feet of snow on your roof can range from 6 lbs. per square foot for dry snow to 42 lbs. per square foot for wet and heavier snow. This is equal to thousands of extra pounds on your roof, which will result in weakening and eventually structural damage if not properly taken care of. Roof snow that is exposed to sunlight softens and becomes denser, then can harden to ice when the temperature drops below zero overnight.
Vanity roofing is a licensed and insured roofing company in Ottawa that efficiently and safely removes ice and snow buildup on the rooftops of houses. We pay close attention to your roof underneath the snow so that it is not damaged during the process in any way. While we’re up there, we will review, inspect, and improve your roof ventilation and insulation if that is also required.
For all of your concerns, please contact our team of experts today. We pride ourselves on providing the best roofing and home-related services available in Ottawa and surrounding areas. We are always ready to help, and you can CALL US IMMEDIATELY.