Snowfalls are beautiful and create a winter wonderland, but they can be hazardous for your roof. Sliding snow can damage your home, parked cars, landscaping structures, and more. Although most homes can handle normal snow loads, excessive snow may lead to roof collapse and ice dams. Installing a snow retention system on your roof can prevent these safety hazards.
Reduces Risk of Damage
The winter weather brings beautiful snowfall and many fun activities but challenges roofs and guttering. One of the most significant issues is rooftop avalanches that may spill off unprotected metal roofs, causing damage to gutters, lower roof areas, skylights, other roof features, and any people or vehicles underneath the falling snow. Another issue is ice dams that may form on the roof (particularly at drainage devices or along edge lines) and prevent melting snow and water from draining off the roof. This can result in expensive interior water damage, such as warped floorboards and mold growth.
Reduces Insurance Costs
Some house upgrades, such as a new roof or storm-resistant windows, can trigger lower home insurance premiums. Others, such as a snow roof system, can also save homeowners money in the long run by reducing damage and maintenance costs. Without proper snow retention, rooftop avalanches can destroy building elements and endanger people, vehicles, buildings, and property below. Designers and contractors who fail to install an adequate snow retention system become liable for property damage or personal injury. Besides protecting your roof, a snow roof system helps clear your gutters. Clogged gutters can cause water damage to the property below. This can also lead to expensive repair bills. A snow roof system can help you avoid these problems by keeping your gutters free of snow and ice.
Increases Home Value
A well-maintained roof can increase your home’s value and is a significant investment. It protects your home from rain, sleet, hail, and snow, keeping your family and belongings safe.
A snow retention system specific to your metal roof profile improves the look and function of your roof while protecting occupants, pedestrians, vehicles, equipment, and landscaping below. This helps reduce short-term and long-term maintenance costs and potential liability for building owners and roof designers. Make sure to choose a team with experience installing a snow roof system. A system that is not compatible with your roof could damage it. Also, working with professionals familiar with the design challenges of a metal roof in a snow country is essential.
Reduces Energy Bills
A home or commercial roof can absorb a lot of stress. Whether from ice dams or snowfall, the damage that can be caused to structures and people can be costly. Snow accumulation on a roof can lead to ice dams which prevent proper water drainage. This can cause serious leaks, eventually damaging gutters, shingles, and siding. It also creates a safety hazard, as large chunks of snow can fall and hurt people, property, or objects below. An energy-efficient roof will help reduce heating and cooling costs. Choosing a metal roof with reflective properties will reflect the sun’s heat rays and keep temperatures cooler, decreasing energy consumption. This is an easy way to decrease energy bills without increasing air conditioning use.
Increases Home Comfort
The right insulation in your attic keeps heated air in the living areas of your home. This allows your furnace and air conditioner to work less hard to keep your home comfortable year-round, saving you money on energy costs.
Insufficient attic insulation and air leaks allow heat to escape your home’s walls, ceilings, and attic in cold winter weather. This heat warms snow on your roof and then re-freezes, forming ice dams. Proper home and attic insulation will stop this cycle, keep you warmer, and save your roof from potential damage.